Amendment to the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993


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Cabinet approves the Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister 
Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the 
Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018 
for better protection and promotion of human rights 
in the country.


Salient Features:
  1. It proposes to include “National Commission for Protection of Child Rights” as deemed Member of the Commission;
  2. It proposes to add a woman Member in the composition of the Commission;
  3. It proposes to enlarge the scope of eligibility and scope of selection of Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission as well as the State Human Rights Commission ; and
  4. It proposes to incorporate a mechanism to look after the cases of human rights violation in the Union Territories.
  5. It proposes to amend the term of office of Chairperson and Members of National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights Commission to make it in consonance with the terms of Chairperson and Members of other Commissions.
Benefits:

The Amendment will strengthen the Human Rights 
Institutions of India further for effective discharge of their mandates, roles and responsibilities. Moreover, the amended 
Act will be in perfect sync with the agreed global standards 
and benchmarks towards ensuring the rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual in the country.

Background:

 The amendment to the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 will make National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) more compliant 
with the Paris Principle concerning its autonomy, 
independence, pluralism and wide-ranging functions 
in order to effectively protect and promote human rights.

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