The National Human
Rights Commission will be organizing a function here to mark Human
Rights Day on the December 10, 2017. The Vice President of India, Shri
M. Venkaiah Naidu will address the gathering as the Chief Guest on the
occasion. Chairperson, NHRC and former Chief Justice of India, Justice
H. L. Dattu, will also address the gathering.
Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 10th December every year to
commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was
adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in
1948 as the shared standard yardstick to protect human rights across the
The National Human Rights Commission, India has organised different
events, including a nationwide Short Films on Human Rights Award
competition, in run up to the celebration of Human Rights Day. The three
best short films on human rights, will be given awards of Rs. 1 lakh, Rs.
75 thousand and Rs. 50 thousand along with trophies and citations on the
occasion. Some NHRC publications will also be released.
Besides, this the prize winning paintings by children will be displayed
at an exhibition at the venue of the function, which will also be
showcasing the journey of the Commission through photographs of its
various events and activities towards protection and promotion of human
rights since the last Human Rights Day.
During the last 24 years, since its inception on the 12th October, 1993,
the Commission has endeavored to promote a culture of human rights. The
NHRC, like most of the human rights institutions in the world, is a
recommendatory body as per the Protection of Human Rights Act passed by
Apart from looking into the complaints of the human rights violations,
the Commission's functions also include reviewing safeguards provided
under the Constitution or any Law, make recommendations for effective
implementation of International Conventions/Covenants, undertake
research and organise seminars and discussion programmes on human rights
issues, spread awareness about human rights and encourage efforts of
non-governmental organisations towards promotion of human rights.
It has also been organising Camp Sittings for disposal of pending cases
and Open Hearings of complaints of atrocities against Scheduled Castes
and Scheduled Tribes in different parts of the country for the redressal
of their problems. It has also been visiting, State-wise, different
districts to make an assessment of enforcement of various measures
related to human rights and implementation of welfare schemes so as to
come out with recommendations for the governments, committed to ensuring
It has made a number of interventions on key issues of human rights,
which include, among others, issues of bonded and child labour, prison
reforms, right to health, right to food, mental healthcare, rights of
persons with disability, silicosis, illegal clinical drug trials,
pesticides in food items, pricing of drugs, corporate-social
responsibility, manual scavenging and sanitation, human rights of women.
In order to spread awareness about human rights and its activities, the
Commission, apart from publication of monthly Newsletter in Hindi and
English, has published more than 80 books and journals. Apart from the
Centre and the State Governments, several organisations, NGOs of Human
Rights Defenders and media have actively supported and supplemented the
work of the NHRC towards promotion and protection of human rights.