Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 6 (June)

CHRS and CHRI launch report on Performance of Commonwealth States at the 40th UN Human Rights Council


The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) in collaboration with the Centre for Human Rights Studies (CHRS), JGU launched Easier Said Than Done, a report on the Performance of Commonwealth States at the 40th UN Human Rights Council on 21 June 2019 at the NTH Complex, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi. A major highlight of the event was the signing of an MoU between JGU and CHRI.

The opening remarks were delivered by Professor (Dr.) Sanjoy Hazarika, International Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative; Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar and Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies, JGU; and Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Chairperson of the Executive Committee, CHRI, India and former Chief Information Commissioner, Central Information Commission.

Following the opening remarks, there were two panel discussions.

  • “Easier Said Than Done report findings on compliance of 11 Commonwealth member countries with commitments made at the Human Rights Commission” moderated by Professor (Dr.) Murthy.

The distinguished panellists were: Ms. Aditi Patil, Research Officer, International Advocacy and Programming Team, CHRI, Representative from the Ministry of External Affairs, Govternment of India; His Excellency Mr. Yogesh Punja, High Commissioner, High Commission of Fiji; and Professor Sudarshan Ramaswamy, Professor and Dean, Jindal School of Government & Public Policy; Executive Director, Centre for Global Governance and Policy, JGU.

  • “India at the UN Human Rights Council” moderated by Professor Hazarika.

The distinguished panellists were: Ambassador (Retd.) TCA Rangachari, Former Diplomat and Representative to India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York; Mr. Jaimini Kumar Srivastava, Deputy Director, Media and Communication, National Human Rights Commission, India; and Mr. Paul Divakar, General Secretary, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights; Professor (Dr.) Murthy.

The closing address was given by Dr. Muchkund Dubey, Chairman, Centre for Social Development, and former Foreign Secretary, Government of India.