The Kerala State Human Rights Commission was set up by the Government of Kerala in December 1998 under Section 21 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 vide G.O.(P)No.523/98/Law dated 11th December 1998 and published as S.R.O.No.1065/98in the Kerala Gazette Extraordinary No.2036 on 11th December 1998.The Commission comprises a Chairman and two members.
The functions of the Commission are clearly stated in Section12 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. They are by and large as follows:-
to inquire, suo moto or on a petition presented to it by a victim or any person on his behalf, into complaint of-
i. violation of human rights or abetment thereof; or
to intervene in any proceeding involving any allegation of violation of human rights pending before a court with the approval of such court;
to visit , under intimation to the State Government, any jail or any other institution under the control of the State Government, where persons are detained or lodged for purposes of treatment, reformation or protection to study the living conditions of inmates and make recommendations thereon;
to review the safeguard provided by or under the Constitution of any law for the time being in force for the protection of human rights and make recommendations for their effective implementation;
to review the factors, including sets of terrorism, that inhibit the enjoyment of human rights and recommend appropriate remedial measures;
to study treaties and other international instruments of human rights and made recommendations for their effective implementations;
to undertake and promote research in the field of human rights;
to spread human rights literacy among various section of society and promote awareness of the safeguards available for the protection of these rights through publications, the media, seminars and other available means;
to encourage the efforts of non-governmental organisations and institutions working in the field of human rights;
to such other functions as it may consider necessary for the promotion of human rights.
The Head Quarters of the Kerala State Human Rights Commission is at Thiruvananthapuram.
Kerala State Human Rights Commission
Shri .D. Saju
For details contact : 0471+2337263
also visit www.humanrightskerala.org
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