Celebration of Human Rights Defenders day on 9 Dec 2014 at Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar : Human Right Defenders play pivotal role in prevention of human right violation even working against all odds for which their security becomes a concern for the society. Due to increased vigilant role played by Human Right Defenders in remote areas there is a demonstrative increase in the situation of Human Right. The above statements emerged in a deliberation organised jointly by Human Right Front (HRF) and Committee for Legal Aid to Poor (CLAP) on the eve of World Human Right Day on 9th December 2014 at Redcross
Bhavan,Bhubaneswar. It is pertinent to mention that globally 9th December is being observed as World Human Right Defender’s Day on the eve of World Human Right Day on 10th December.

The human right violations are manifested in various forms due to the situation of poverty with ignorance among a vast chunk of rural and tribal population. Even though there is a fundamental shift made in the nature of violation due to consistent initiative of Human Right Organisation still gross human right violations are being witnessed. The state endeavours to protect Human Right Defenders whose life is at risk for their relentless effort to prevent human right violation said Justice Bira Kishore Mishra, Acting Chairperson of Odisha State Human Right Commission in his inaugural speech.
With the enactment of Whistle Blowers Act there has been an
expectation of human right defenders that larger security in terms of protection by the state to the Defenders would be made available. The state must take steps for early enforcement of the Whistle Blowers Act said Dr. Bikash Das, Executive President of CLAP. Dr. Das said that human right defenders are entitled to special protection and the Human Right Commissions at the union and state level must address the issue of defenders.

The Deliberation on Role of Human Right Defenders and the mechanism for their protection was addressed by chairperson of Human Rights Front Manoj Jena, Senior Advisor of Election Commission of India Dr. Bhagawanprakash, convenor of Agami Odisha Sudarshan Das, Advisor Gotimukti Andolan Baghambar Pattnaik, and Human Right Defenders of Odisha Akhand, Bhajaman Biswal, Sanyasi Behera, Somnath Pattnaik etc. On this occasion, the second Justice Ranganath Mishra Memorial Award on Human Right was conferred on Justice Bira Kishore Mishra for his outstanding accomplishment. The defenders present in the deliberation also paid their tribute to the legendry Jurist and former Judge of Supreme Court Justice V.K. Krishna Iyer who passed away recently. Sandeep Mohanty of Human Right Front offered Vote of Thanks in the end of the programme.

Celebration of Human Rights Defenders day on 9 Dec 2014 at Bhubaneswar

The Deliberation on Role of Human Right Defenders and the mechanism for their protection was addressed by chairperson of Human Rights Front Manoj Jena, Senior Advisor of Election Commission of India Dr. Bhagawanprakash, convenor of Agami Odisha Sudarshan Das, Advisor Gotimukti Andolan Baghambar Pattnaik, and Human Right Defenders of Odisha Akhand, Bhajaman Biswal, Sanyasi Behera, Somnath Pattnaik etc. On this occasion, the second Justice Ranganath Mishra Memorial Award on Human Right was conferred on Justice Bira Kishore Mishra for his outstanding accomplishment. The defenders present in the deliberation also paid their tribute to the legendry Jurist and former Judge of Supreme Court Justice V.K. Krishna Iyer who passed away recently. Sandeep Mohanty of Human Right Front offered Vote of Thanks in the end of the programme.

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Odisha woman dies due to medical negligence in Delhi, Family members demands for high level probe

By Prafulla Das in Bhubaneswar :

Activists in Odisha have demanded a high level probe
into the death of an woman due to medical negligence in Delhi last month .
In a press conference in Bhubaneswar on Friday, they also have sought intervention of the Odisha Chief Minister over the issue for proper investigation as police is reluctant even to file an FIR.

Due to wrong treatment and negligence on the part of doctors, Geetanjali Nayak died on 21November at a private hospital in Delhi. The victim was living in Dilshad Garden of East Delhi.

According to family members, Geetanjali was suffering from stomach pain from 18 Nov. She was admitted to a private hospital on 20 Nov at 7pm. The doctor assured the family members that it is a stomach pain and nothing to worry. They advised her son Satya Sidhi and relatives to go back home same night and said will call him if necessary. But declared hem dead at about 5.30 am.
“When her son asked them to perform postmortem, they declined and told him to take the dead body away”, alleged Akhand, the right activist. “Victim’s husband is an NRI and after arriving from Hong Kong, he requested the hospital to provide him the medical report. He had written an application requesting the hospital to provide him the report. From the above reports, the family members strongly believe that there is a negligence on the part of the doctors of this private hospital, said Bhajaman Biswal, the human rights defender who have filed a petition before the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) over the matter.

Victim’s husband had lodge an FIR on 25 Nov at GTB Enclanve Police station. But police have not registered the case against the perpetrator. They harassed the victim’s family, said Manoj Muduli, the brother of the victim.

The activist and family members of the victims have demanded intervention of State Chief Minister over the issue.

NHRC to Centre:Frame rules for Whistle-blower protection Act

New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission has directed to the Government of
India to take appropriate steps for protection of whistleblowers of the country through implementation of the Whistleblower Protection Act.
Acting on the complaint of the rights activist Akhand of Human Rights Committee, Commission has directed Secretary of Ministry of personnel, public grievance and pensions to take appropriate action within eight weeks in the matter. This Ministry is under the Prime minister of India Narendra Modi .
The Central Government has enacted “Whistleblower Protection Act’ in February 2014 with mandate to provide adequate safeguard to
whistleblowers against victimisation and enquire into allegation of corruption or wilful misuse of power by Government officials in the country. The Act will be implemented after Rules being framed by Central Govt. and as well as State Government.
The petitioner alleged that though eight months have been passed since enactment of this law, neither the Centre nor the State has framed the rules. Following which the act has not been implemented till yet.
On the other hand, attack on human rights activists, RTI Activists, individuals exposing corruption is rising day by day across the country. They are found quite vulnerable in the hand of the powerful people due to disclosure of their identity while exposing corruption and filling complaints in this regard. It is needless to mention here that around 50 RTI Activists have been murdered in the country due to their act of exposing corruption by filling RTI Applications, said the petition filled by Akhand.
“Due to callousness of Government officers, the rules are not framed. I had sought the intervention of the apex rights panel”, alleged Akhand.
Disposing the petition the Commission said, “The complaint be transmitted to the concerned authority for such action as deemed appropriate. The authority concerned is directed to take appropriate action within 8 weeks and to inform the complainant of the action taken in the matter.”
It is believed that this law will positively be effective tool to provide protection from brutal attack, murder or charges of false cases to the persons exposing corruption, irregularities, malpractice in Government offices.
NHRC order copy on whistle blowers protection act.pdf
Frame rules for Whistle-blower protection Act_NHRC News_English.doc

NHRC sought ATR from Odisha Chief Secretary and Railway Board Chairman over eviction of Puri slum

The National Human Rights Commission has sought action taken report from Indian railway and state Government over forceful eviction of more than 300 families from Ramachandi Balikudsahi Basti at Puri. Acting on a complaint of human rights activist Akhand, the commission has directed Chairman of Railway Board and Chief secretary of Odisha to submit detailed report within four weeks.
Puri District administration and authorities of East Coast Railways in a joint operation on October 27 had evicted more than 300 families from the slum without any rehabilitation or compensation. About 20 platoons of RPF, GRP and State Armed Police besides 200 officers of various ranks and 17 magistrates were engaged in the eviction operation which enabled the authorities to take possession of four acres of land. Hundreds of family are living there without a shelter and children of the slums are deprived of education after massive demolition there.
Akhand alleged that “During the eviction process hundreds houses were demolished by six heavy excavators. The district administration had announced in the mike on October 26 evening for eviction of the slum and started demolition drive on next morning. The slum dwellers failed to get enough time to even take their belongings out of their houses.”
The people were staying in the slum since last 40 years, but the district administration without giving prior notice evicted 350 poor families of the slum without planning of their rehabilitation. Where they will go and how will they lead their lives, questioned Akhand. It is noted that East Coast railways and Government of Odisha had decided on 24 April this year to make a solution to the slum problems. It was decided that 12 acres of encroached land may be identified at Puri and the same may be handed over to the Odisha government for the construction of multistoried buildings through ‘Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yozana’ for the rehabilitation and resettlement of the unauthorized encroachments. In lieu of the transfer of the identified land at Puri, the Odisha Government has to transfer equal value of land at Malatipatpur for construction of proposed coaching complex . Railway also requested to District Magistrate, Puri on 31 July, 2014 to take the needful action for exchange of Railway land at puri to state Government. But no action was being taken to execute the decision, but the slum dwellers were evicted.
Activist Akhand with some Slum dwellers met A.K.Parashar, Joint Registrar(Law) of NHRC at Bhubaneswar on 10 October and requested to intervene in the matter. Mr. Parashar had assured the slum dwellers for justice. Then Petitioner had submitted the list of the victims, whose house are demolished by the administration. Considering the petition, the apex rights panel asked railway authorities and Chief secretary to submit action taken report in the matter within four weeks.

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