NHRC Current Affairs

Justice H L Dattu appointed as member of International Coordinating Committee Bureau of NHRI-ICC

The Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Justice HL Dattu has been appointed as member of the International Coordinating Committee Bureau (ICCB) of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI-ICC) Bureau in Geneva.

He has been selected from the Asia-Pacific region and shall represent India along with Mongolia, Qatar and Australia from this region.

He was nominated unanimously after no other NHRI from the region nominated candidate against him to fill vacancy created after the representative of NHRI of South-Korea vacated it.

About International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions

  • The ICC Bureau is an important human rights body that serves as the Management Committee of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC).
  • It implements all the decisions of the ICC General Meetings and directs the operations of the ICC between these meetings.
  • ICC Bureau consists of sixteen ‘A’ status NHRIs four from each region namely, Americas, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific.
  • India’s NHRC has been an active Member of the ICC and regularly taking part in its activities, including Annual General Meetings.

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Former CJI HL Dattu takes over as Chairman of NHRC

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) HL Dattu took charge as the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

With this, he becomes the seventh Chairman of the NHRC, highest government institution protecting human rights of citizens.

About H L Dattu

  • Born as Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu on 3 December 1950 in Chikmagalur in then Mysore State.
  • He had started his legal career in 1975 after enrolling as an advocate in Bangalore and dealt with all types of matters like criminal, civil, tax and Constitutional cases.
  • 1983 onwards he had appeared in various capacities before the Karnataka High Court including as government pleader for sales tax department etc.
  • He was designated as a senior standing counsel for I-T department. Later in 1995, he was elevated as a judge of the Karnataka High Court.
  • In 2007, he was elevated as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court and later was shifted in the same capacity to the Kerala High Court.
  • He was 42nd Chief Justice of India from September 28, 2014 to December 2, 2015. He has several landmark judgments to his credit dealing with protection of Fundamental Rights of citizens and principles of law.

About National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

  • NHRC is apex statutory watchdog of human rights in the country, i.e. the rights related to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the international convents.
  • Formed as per the statutory provisions of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. It is multimember body consisting of Chairman and four members.
  • President appoints the Chairman and members of the NHRC on the recommendation of the high-powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.
  • The committee includes Prime Minister (Head), Lok Sabha Speaker, Union Home Minister, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

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