State Level Workshop for Preparation of ToT Module for Human Rights Education for Kerala SSA was organized on 24 and 25 November 2012 at Kollam. 7 HRE teachers, 1 State Resource Group Resource Person, 1 Block Level trainer, 1 Educational expert, National Coordinator IHRE and State Coordinators participated in the workshop. The Workshop was facilitated by the State Coordinator.
The workshop was divided into two parts.
- To decide on the content part of the Module
- HR Topics
- Integration of HR
- To devise activities to transfer the content part to the Teachers.
SICHREM organised “A Panel Discussion on the Status of Human Rights Institutions in Karnataka” on 10th November 2012 in order to deepen our understanding about the status of human rights institutions and to look for remedial measures hoping to find a way forward to strengthen these institutions.
Hon’ble Justice S.R.Nayak (Former Chairperson, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission); Dr.Dwarakanath (Advocate, High Court Karnataka & Former Chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Backward Classes); Mr. Vasudeva Sharma (Director, Child Rights Trust, Former Member, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights); Ms. Geetha Menon (Secretary, Stree Jagruthi Samithi); Ms. Usha. B.N (Program Coodinator, Hengasara Hakkina Sangha); Ms. Dhanya (Editor, Times Now) were the Panelist.
SICHREM’s study reports on the ‘Karnataka State Minorities and the Schedule Caste & Scheduled Tribes Commission’ was also released at this event.
Reviewing the efficacy in the functioning of Karnataka state Minorities Commission and Karnataka State Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM) on Saturday released two reports which concluded that the primary reasons behind their ineffectiveness are lack of independence, lack of transparency and lack of resources.
The reports titled “Affirming the Identity of Minorities” and “Combating Discrimination” were released by Justice S R Nayak, Former Chairperson of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), in the presence of Hassan Mansur, President of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL-K), David Selvaraj, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SICHREM and several others, at a program organized by SICHREM at Bangalore.
Welcoming the guests and citing the examples of continuing human rights violations in Sri Lanka and the undemocratic behavior in respect to Irom Sharmila’s fight against AFSPA, Mathews Philip, Executive Director of SICHREM, said “On one hand we have institutions which are providing services against human rights violations, but on the other hand we have a very undemocratic system which does not allow and encourage the voice of dissent and the voice fighting for people’s rights”.
“I don’t find better principles than those initiated during the vedic times, to which Buddha later added. We have failed to promote our own values; we do not need to look outside India. We have failed to promote the institutions in India which implement or facilitate Human Rights, like the Lokayukta, SHRC’s, NHRC and Lokpal if it comes in the future,” said Justice Nayak after releasing the reports.
The report on Karnataka State Minorities Commission concludes that there are three crucial weaknesses which limit its effectiveness and potential. “The three main culprits are – a lack of independence, a lack of transparency and accessibility and finally a lack of resources”, the report read.
Stressing on similar lines, Justice Nayak also said “There are two areas which need to be worked upon – First is the constitution of any commission and second is the infrastructure facilities to be provided for its functioning”.
Highlighting 10 major issues which afflict the functioning of the Karnataka State Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the report “Combating Discrimination” said that the most fundamental of the Commission’s shortcomings are the lack of political independence of its leadership and its failure to build rapport with Karnataka’s civil society groups.
Source: newzfirst; Dated: 10 November 2012