Law minister invokes ‘healing touch policy’ for HR

Law minister invokes ‘healing touch policy’ for HR

SHRC Chairman seeks support of stakeholders to ensure accountability

SRINAGAR: Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan on Sunday said the concept of human approach and human centric policies put forth by former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed through “healing touch policy” has been the guiding force for the current dispensation to ensure no human rights violations take place in the state.
Speaking on a function organized by the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) at SKICC, the minister said the government is committed to strengthen and empower SHRC so that it can function independently and help in protecting human rights and provide justice to the aggrieved persons.
He said the government’s amnesty policy and subsequent withdrawal of cases of first time offenders is a display of good faith of the government towards its consistent belief in the process of peace and reconciliation.
He said these initiatives would go a long way to change the political discourse from the narrative of conflict to reconciliation and will help to build a conducive atmosphere in the state.
Abdul Haq said the Government has made it imperative that all safeguards are in place with standard operating procedure (SOP) being observed while dealing with law and order situations.
The Minister said the government is mulling to strengthen the justice system so that people may not be forced to knock the door of SHRC if they get justice in normal courts. Chairman SHRC Justice (retired) Bilal Nazki called for support from all the stakeholders including press, police and the civil administration so that human rights issues will be resolved with accountability. He commended the cooperation being provided by the civil and police administration in the functioning of the commission.
He said the Commission received 7929 complaints this year out of which 6420 complaints were disposed off. He said aim of holding such programs is to bring all stakeholders together and sensitize them about the Human Rights and ensure protection of these rights which forms the base of justice system in a democratic setup.
Chief Secretary B B Vyas while speaking on the occasion said that SHRC has done a commendable job in ensuring the protection of Human Rights of the people.
He said organizing such events is learning process for the officials as this will sensitize them regarding the human rights. He said everyone should ensure that the rights of the people aren’t violated and suggested that sensitization programs shall be conducted in every district in this regard.
Director General of Police SP Vaid while speaking on the occasion said that the JK Police has been facing very difficult situation in the valley but they are working on zero tolerance for Human Rights violations. He said they are conducting sensitization programs for the cops in every training session and that change on ground is only possible when every cop is sensitized about the issue.
Others who were present on the occasion include SHRC members Jung Bahadur Singh Jamwal, Dilshada Shaheen, Abdul Hameed, Special Secretary Law, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, IGP Kashmir, Director SKIMS, Vice Chancellor Central University of Kashmir and other senior officers of Police and civil administration and journalists.