“Human Rights is the most important factor that needs to be protected by civil servants and army officers,” said Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) Member Meera Saxena.

She was speaking after inaugurating three-day interaction programme ‘Mid-Career interaction between Armed Forces and Civil Services Officers on Human Rights,’ organised at Administrative Training Institute (ATI) in city yesterday.

On majority of the occasions, the educated dominate the society without giving importance to human rights. It is the duty of civil servants and army officers to uphold the rights and dignity of every civilian of the country, she said.

Meera also added that when animals have their own rights to live the world, it is important for officers to protect human rights through education and executing them. “There are around 12,000 Acts in the country including the Human Rights Act which needs to be educated among the people. It is important for the officers to also look into the genuine demands of people living in border areas and tribals in the forest area,” said Meera.

The three-day event will feature discussions on various topics such as Context Concept and Concern of Human Rights, Definition, Important characteristics of Human Rights and other topics.

Participants will also discuss on human rights violations such as custodial deaths, cause and prevention custodial deaths and Supreme Court guidelines, torture, inhuman and degrading in custody and other aspects.

The main objectives of the interaction is to understand and discuss the role of statutory bodies such as National and State Human Rights Commissions, Roles and Responsibilities of Armed Forces Special Powers Act - The way ahead, Emerging Trends and Legal Response on Human Rights, Insurgency and Naxalism, Role of Government Officers and Army and Discussion and good governance in protecting and promoting human rights.

The interaction also aims to familarise the participants with the concept and definition of human rights and sensitise them towards the need to imbibe the human rights culture in the working of the administration leading to good governance.

ATI Director General Dr. Amita Prasad was present during the inauguration of the interaction programme. Around 22 IAS, IPS, IFS and Army Officers including Mysore SP Abhinav Khare, CESC MD A.B. Ibrahim, Shilpa Prasad, IAS, Tamil Nadu, M.D. Diwan Moinuddin, IFS, AP and others are participating.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore