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This book provides a historical perspective of the conceptual evolution of human rights and the institutional underpinning for the protection of the rights of citizens in contemporary Indian politics. Within this larger framework, the study focuses on the role of the National Human Rights Commission of India since its origin.
The book critically examines the following topics:
• Human Rights in Theoretical Perspective
• Establishment, Structure and Status of the National Human Rights Commission
• Role of the National Human Rights Commission in the Protection of Human Rights
• Coordination between the Government and Non-Governmental Organisations
• Summary and Conclusion
The appendices listed are:
(i) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, (ii) The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, (iii) The National Human Rights Commission (Procedure) Regulations, 1994, (iv) Recommendations of the NHRC for amendments to the protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, (v) Human Rights Provisions in the Indian Constitution, (vi) Indian Laws relating to Human Rights, (vii) List of Human Rights Covenants, Conventions and Treaties to which India is a Party, (viii) List of Human Rights Commissions around the World, (ix) List of Indian NGOs in the field of Human Rights, (x) An outline of the Indian Prisons Bill, 1996 as proposed by the National Human Rights Commission, (xi) Comments/suggestions of the NHRC on the draft Long Term Action Plan (2000-2005) for Implementation of the National Policy on Older Persons.
The book will be a valuable source book for academics, activists, NGOs, Social Worker and the interested laymen.
Dr Arun Ray, graduated from Bhadrak College, Orissa, received his M.A. degree from the Utkal University and both M.Phil. and Ph.D. (Political Science) degrees from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was previously Research Fellow at the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi. He was a recipient of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Scholarship for his doctoral work. Presently, he teaches Women's Studies at Utkal University, Orissa.