Lok Sabha passed the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill 2019 on 19 July

Lok Sabha, the lower house, passed The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill 2019 on 19 July. It amends the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. The Bill aims to strengthen the Human Rights Commission.

Amendments of the Bill:
The Bill aims to speed up the process of appointment of the chairperson and members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
1) About the Chairperson:
The Bill ameds that besides Chief Justice of India (CJI), even a Judge of the Supreme Court can be the chairperson of the NHRC. Earlier, the Human Rights Act said that only a person who has been the Chief Justice of India can be made the NHRC chairperson.
At State level: The Bill amends to enable any person who has been a judge of a High Court to be the chairperson of SHRC.
2)About Members:
The Bill appoints the members of the NHRC that constitutes chairman for the National Commission for Backward Classes, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.
3)The Bill also allows approves that the chairpersons of the NHRC and SHRCs can be reappointed.

♦ The Bill brings representative to every section of society to a government that stands for the human rights of victims not of terrorists and perpetrators of sexual crime.
♦ The amendment ensures transparency in the appointment of chairman and members of the commission. It will help fill all the vacancies.

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