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Document excesses quickly, rights activists urged



Staff Correspondent

Supreme Court judge says this will enable early corrective steps

DEHRA DUN: The Supreme Court Judge, S.B. Sinha, has called upon human rights activists to expeditiously document facts regarding any excesses committed by the armed forces and police so that corrective measures could be undertaken before the situation went out of control.

Speaking at the convocation ceremony of the third and fourth batches of the post graduate diploma course in human rights of the Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) here over the weekend, Mr. Justice Sinha said that migrant workers, refugees, war prisoners and those displaced by natural disasters or development projects required the attention of human rights workers.

"It is high time that the activists worked out a charter identifying the various aspects that could be treated as human rights violations in SAARC countries.

The activists should also sensitise politicians, bureaucrats, industrialists among others on human rights issues," he said, adding that human rights should be included in the syllabus right from the school level so that the children grew up as informed citizens and helped check violations.

The Sri Lankan Supreme Court Judge, Nihal Jayasinghe, while lauding the efforts of the RLEK in imparting quality human rights education to students from SAARC countries, wanted the graduates to spread awareness on the issue.

RLEK chairperson Avdhash Kaushal was confident that the graduates would prove worthy of their education.