Activists' Workshop held in Jamshedpur
The two-day workshop organized by the People's Union for Civil Liberties
(PUCL) held at Tribal Culture Centre, Sonari, Jamshedpur, which began
on 10 November 2001 concluded on November 11, 2001 on a positive note.
Addressing the workshop attended by nearly 50 participants from Jamshedpur,
Chaibasa, Baharagora, and Gahtsila, Dr. Prabhakar Sinha, Vice President,
National PUCL as the opening speaker dwelt at great length on Civil and
Political rights, Scope and Challenges and ways and means to combat violations
of these rights.
Dr. Sinha emphasized
that Human Rights are above laws of the State and it is the duty of the
State to make Human Rights available by enacting positive laws and not
to make laws to curb or deny human rights. He also elaborated on the problems
faced by PUCL in processing the cases on behalf of the victims of such
The next speaker, Prof. Jagdish Mishra of Indian Institute of Human Rights,
Delhi elaborated on the Constitution and the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and presented a comparative study with facts and figures
and stressing how the poverty and illiteracy were the main causes for
violation of Human rights.
Arvind Anjum, a special activist gave a detailed account of the displacement
of indigenous people in the name of development with specific relevance
to Jharkhand and the present status of different movements against such
projects which he considered were blatant violation of Human Rights as
they uprooted large section of the helpless poor without any viable alternate
for their very existence and livelihood.
Nishant Akhilesh, General Secretary, PUCL Jamshedpur Chapter spoke on
the Constitutional Rights via-a-via Human Rights and drew comparison between
China and India focusing on their successes and failures. He stressed
that the Indian State deliberately failed to implement Directive Principles
of State, the fundamental principles of Governance, which led to gross
violation of Economic and Social Rights of the citizens of our Country.
Editor Mr. Subroto Bhattacharjee, President PUCL, Jamshedpur presented
an overview of the activities of the chapter, the volume of cases handled
and the cases resolved so far which have led to visible improvement in
city jails. He also named cases which have been sanctioned compensations
recommended by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) by the relentless
efforts of the chapter.
An exercise of question-answer session added meaning to the workshop followed
by a short skit on Human Rights presented by Shashiraj Yadav and his team.
The programme began with an introductory note and briefing to the workshop
delivered by Mr. T.P. Ghosh, Chapter Vice-President and concluded with
a vote of thanks by Mr. M. K. Dutta, the Jamshedpur Vice-President. --
Released by Mr. T.P. Ghosh, Vice-President, PUCL, Jamshedpur, Dated 11.11.2001