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Consultative Committee of Parliament on “Malnutrition in Women & Children – Problems & Remedies” held meeting in Nainital today chaired by Minister of State (Independent Charge) of women and child development Krishna Tirath

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AIHRA News, Saturday 26 June 2010

The meeting of Consultative Committee of Parliament on “Malnutrition in Women & Children – Problems & Remedies” was held in Nainital, Uttrakhand today. It was chaired by Smt. Krishna Tirath the Minister of state (Independent Charge) of women and child development. Speaking on the occasion she said that India has made tremendous economic progress in various fields.  There are many programmes aimed at the holistic development especially for women and children.  We have in India an elaborate health system and technical backing on nutrition research. These achievements notwithstanding,India has high prevalence of malnutrition with its related consequences which continues to be a point of great concern.    Today, 42% of our children below 5 years are under weight and  69.5% children are anemic.   22% of babies are born with low birth weight.   35.6% women aged 15 – 49 years have low body mass index and 55% are anemic.  Though there has been  improvement in underweight children from 42.7% in 1988-99 (NFHS-II) to 40.4% in 2005-06 (NFHS-III).  Further, in respect of anemia, there has been an increase from 74.3% (NFHS-II) to 78.9%  (NFHS-III) in children below 3 years and from 51.8 % to 56.2% in women aged 15-49 years.

The problem of malnutrition is multi-dimensional and inter-generational in nature, the determinants of which include household food insecurity, illiteracy and lack of awareness especially in women, access to health services, availability of safe drinking water, sanitation and proper environmental conditions and adequate purchasing power etc. Besides, marriage of girls at early age, teenage pregnancies resulting in low birth weight of the newborns, poor breastfeeding practices, poor complementary feeding practices, ignorance about nutritional needs of infants and young children and repeated infections, also aggravate the malnutrition amongst children.

It is being increasingly recognized that the best option is to have multi-pronged action in a time-bound and intervention focused way.  As per the studies, the malnutrition exists even in food sufficient households, mostly due to inappropriate infant and young child feeding and caring practices, high levels of exposure to infections and, therefore, has its origin during the prenatal and first two years of life.  Malnutrition has to be recognised as a national problem, and not a sectoral problem since no single sector can ever solve the problem of malnutrition in isolation.

Malnutrition is the underlying cause of more than one-third of all child deaths under the age of 5 in developing countries. Many of these deaths are preventable through effective nutrition interventions operating at scale. From Pregnancy to age of 24 months has been recognized as the critical window of opportunity for delivery of nutrition interventions.  We must have an ultimate goal of considerable reduction of under nutrition among children below 3 years and pregnant and nursing women because if we lose this window of opportunity, we have lost the battle.  If a child slips into malnutrition in the first 3 years of life, it is very difficult to pull him out of this vicious intergenerational cycle of malnutrition.  In the Ministry we have schemes such as ICDS, the proposed SABLA and Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna as response to addressing the intergenerational cycle. This has also to be coupled with social awakening regarding discouraging early marriage, spacing in children, awareness about maternal and child health and nutritional related issues.

There are several schemes/ programmes of different Ministries/Departments through State Governments/UTs which impact directly or indirectly on the nutritional status. Some of these schemes areIntegrated Child Development Services, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Mid Day Meals Scheme, Total Sanitation Campaign, NREGS etc.    Several of the schemes namely, ICDS, NRHM, Mid Day meal (MDM), SGSY have been expanded to provide for increased coverage and improved services to the people during the last few years only.   In fact the ICDS programme till the year 2005 was only covering 50% of the area in the country.  Thus the impact of these schemes is likely to be visible in a few years time as ICDS is on its way to be universalized.

Smt Tirath stressed the need of active cooperation of the States as the ultimate implementation of the programmes is with them.  In the recent meeting with the State Ministers and Secretaries incharge of Women and child Development on 16-17th June 2010, the States wre requested to set up State Nutrition Council chaired by the Chief Minister, a State Coordination Committee chaired by the Chief Secretary and having Secretaries of the concerned Departments as members for monitoring and evaluation of all nutrition related programmes and indicators.   It would greatly facilitate to have District- Nutrition Action Plans for enabling convergent and coordinated actions.  She informed the members that Secretary, WCD Shri D.K. Sikri has also written to the Chief Secretaries of the States/UTs to set up the StateNutrition Council which can guide the preparation of the State Nutrition Action Plans as well as the District Action Plans to address the nutrition challenges. In fact the nutritional status of young children can be a lead progress indicator for other major programmes.  The Central Government under the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has been taking all steps to eradicate the malnutrition from this country.

The minister told the members that she had toured Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Kerala and evenSikkim to herself assess the malnutrition and to motivate the States to have regular monitoring and checks.

She said that she intends to visit each and every States and UTs to further the crusade against malnutrition.  She will soon hold a meeting with young MPs, who are involved in this area, on 29th of this month to discuss with them and know their views.  Thereafter, the meeting of National Council on India’s Nutritional Challenges will be held under the Chairpersonship of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, indicating that his Government is totally committed for complete eradication of malnutrition from the country, and at the earliest.

Smt. Krishna Tirath further said that it is also important that access of poor and needy children and women to the qualitative food fortified with essential micronutrients needs to be improved by encouraging PPP (Public Private Partnership) and by co-operating with the organized sector to effectively use the latest technology and management skills in the exiting food distribution scheme i.e. PDS, MDM and ICDS.  The food scheme needs to be extended to cover even the other family members of the eligible beneficiaries to tackle Malnutrition, prevalent in every age group, she added. The focus under the existing food distribution schemes i.e. PDS, MDM and ICDS should remain at adequate regular delivery of dietary intake on the lines of Polio Drops wherein polio drops are given to as many numbers of times as possible to the beneficiaries at their door step.  The nutritional content of the food needs to be enriched by way of inclusion of fortified Wheat, Flour, Rice Pulses, Sugar and/or Salt (containing food grade Iron in adequate concentration, Folic Acid, Zinc etc.) under PDS and as key ingredients under MDM and ICDS to effectively eradicate Malnutrition  and especially prevalence of Anemia among the children and the women.  The Nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers and children under the age of two needs to be addressed by providing them with Micronutrient Fortified Energy Dense Food [Containing 1/3 of RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for adolescent girls and 50% of RDA for pregnant women and lactating mothers and children under the age of two] as Take Home Ration as prescribed under the revised Nutrition and Feeding Norms issued on 24th February, 2009 by Ministry of Women & Child Development, Govt. of India.

She cautioned that though much is being done, we all need to concentrate and work on the solutions for malnutrition. Each and every one of us has a responsibility in this regard which calls for concerted action upto the household level with greater social mobilization, better convergence and massive communication measures and nutrition education strategies.

Valuable suggestions also came from the Members of Parliament who participated in this extremely significant meeting. Three of the Lok Sabha members who took part in deliberations were Shri Nikhil Kumar Choudhary, Smt. Jhansi Laxmi Botcha and Smt. Susmita Bauri. The members also called for working with Coherence with all other ministries involved with the welfare of women and children. They stressed the need to provide Sanitation, Safe Drinking water along with Food security to the people in the villages as well. They all agreed that effective monitoring and greater accountability is needed at all levels.

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Posted on 25 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Saturday 26 June 2010

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Posted on 25 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Saturday 26 June 2010

ONE DROP OF YOUR BLOOD MAY BE SOMEONES’ ONE DAY OF LIFE: The All India Human Rights Association of Purulia District participated in the Blood Donation Camp organized by Tri-Weekly newspaper Purulia Darpan, the Chief Editor of which is Mr. Utpal Mishra. It had been first time for this paper to organize the same. The camp took place in Sardar Hospital, Purulia, and W.B.  It commenced from 9.30am sharp and concluded at 2.30pm on 22nd June this year. Almost 50plus donors turned up to the noble cause. The AIHRA under the guidance of State Chief of W.B, M.Durga Prasad participated whole heartedly in it.  The representatives of District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of Purulia   besides AIHRA were the main invitees. Herein,  many Doctors of the Sadar Hospital, AIHRA Officers  viz Kanchan Dasgupta, R. Rehman  , Ainul Hoda, Raju, Vivek Mahato, Sadhan Mahato etc    and all Press reporters of the Darpan viz Vivek Mahato, Kartik Datta got fully involved in such a mammoth task. The chief attraction being the AIHRA Officer (Reporting Officer) Kanchan Dasgupta’s immense courage in  and dedication to donating blood who had already donated blood 12 times throughout the country in his young age of just 28 and that without caring his life and going against the principal law of blood donation that one must not donate not crossing 03 months of his previous donation which he dared to do and did and quite mammoth task of his is the one that he had donated his precious eyes too to the eye camp before . AIHRA’s other officer to donate his precious blood is Sadhan Mahato. Before the blood donation camp AIHRA’s State Chief M.Durga Prasad rendered his valuable knowledge on the vital facts that one must know even the doctors should have the knowledge of the same which is as follows:   Some Facts you must know: India needs 9-10 million units of blood every year but only 07 million  units of blood are collected. “Blood in the water Dark and Red and Raw; these are the lines from the hit American Comedy Legally Blonde which makes us think very seriously of the blood that we don’t shed otherwise.” Everywhere, anyone, anyway, any day, even a member of your own family could need blood anytime. In fact, every two seconds someone in the country will need blood. That’s the reason why your blood donation is so important Q: What is blood? How much blood does a person have? A: Blood is the red coloured fluid flowing continuously in our body’s circulatory system. About 1/12th of the body weight of a healthy individual is blood. On an average there are about 5 – 6 litres of blood present.   Q: What is the composition of blood?   A: Blood contains mainly a fluid called plasma in which are suspended cellular elements. Three types of cells – Red Blood Cells or RBC’s, White Blood Cells or WBC’s and tiny platelets form the cellular  element.    Q:What are the functions of these components?     A: (a) Plasma: acts as a vehicle to carry many substances like glucose, fats, and proteins, enzymes, and hormones etc., in addition to the blood cells.  (b) Red Cells: carry oxygen from lungs to various body tissues and take back carbon dioxide from the cells and tissues to be thrown out of body in the form of exhaled air.  (c) White cells: mainly act as body scavengers and guards. They help in the immune system of the body and act as defence forces of the body killing the bacteria or any other organisms entering the body.  (d) Platelets: help in the clotting and coagulation of blood. We have experienced in our life that whenever we get injured the bleeding stops after a few minutes. This is brought about by a mechanism called clotting of blood in which platelets plays a very vital role.     Q: How is blood formed?      A: Blood consists of RBCs, WBCs, platelets suspended in plasma. In early embryonic life blood cells are formed in liver and spleen. But by the fifth month the Haemopoisis (i.e., formation of blood.) occurs in bone marrow and lymphatic tissues. At birth the entire bone marrow is red and active. Gradually as the child grows, the marrow remains red only in the flat bones and vertebrae. The RBC, grannulocytes of WBC and platelets are produced mainly by bone marrow. The lymphocytes, monocytes, plasma cells are formed in the lymphoid and Reticulo Endothelial tissues. The orderly proliferation of the cells in the bone marrow and their release into circulation is carefully regulated according to the needs of body. Every day, new blood cells are being produced in the bone marrow and every day old cells are dying and being removed from the body. Red blood cells have a life of 120 days and when it becomes old and senile it is thrown out. White cells live for a few days and platelets for a few hours. Thus daily new cells are added to the circulation and old are removed from it.  Q: What is haemoglobin?   A: Haemoglobin is a substance present in the red cells. It is helpful in carrying oxygen and carbon dioxide. On an average, in a healthy male it should be between 14 – 16 gm % and in a female it should be about 12 – 14 gm %. This is also being daily synthesized and the new is replacing the old stock.   Q: What are blood groups?    A: Every individual has two types of blood groups. The first is called the ABO – grouping and the second type is called Rh – grouping.  In the ABO – group there are four categories namely A Group, B Group, O Group and AB Group. In the Rh – Group either the individual is Rh-positive, or Rh-negative. Rh is a factor called as Rhesus factor that has come to us from Rhesus monkeys.  Thus each and very human being will fall in one of the following groups:- A positive or A negative B positive or B negative    O positive or O negative    AB positive or AB negative  .  There are also some sub groups as well as a few other classifications.    Q: What is the importance of knowing the blood groups?     A: For all practical and routine purposes, it is ideal to transfuse to the patient the same group of blood which he belongs to. It is only under very dire emergency that we take O group as universal donor and AB groups as universal recipient. Under no circumstances O group can get any other blood except O. Similarly A group patient cannot be given B group blood and vice versa.     Q: Why is A group not given B group blood?

A: This is due to the reason that, the blood of A Group people contains anti – B antibodies. In B group people there are anti – An antibodies. If we give A group blood to a B group patient, it is bound to be incompatible and will result in serious consequences.   Q:Why are Rh negative and Rh positive incompatible?   A:  A patient with Rh-negative blood cannot be given Rh-positive blood as the antigen-antibody REACTIONS WILL RESULT IN SEVERE consequences.  In cases where a woman has Rh negative and her husband has Rh positive, the first child with Rh positive may be normal. But subsequently the woman may not conceive or may have repeated abortions.                                                                                                                            …..contd ……next page…

There may be intra uterine fetal death. If the child born is alive, it will suffer from a fatal disease called “Erythroblastosis Foetalis”. Now mothers can be given an injection of anti-D within 24 hours of the delivery of a Rh-positive child and thus protect the next baby from this catastrophe.    Q:What is a unit of blood?

A: Blood is collected in plastic bags which contain a watery fluid which prevents blood from getting coagulated. On an average we draw about 450 ml. of blood from a person, depending on the weight of the donor. This blood, plus the amount of anti coagulant present in the bottle or bag, is known as one unit of blood.   Q:           Can blood of animals be transfused to human beings?

A: Scientists have tried a lot but so far they are not successful. Only the blood of a human being can be transfused to a human patient.     Q: How long can blood be stored?   A: Whole blood can be stored up to 35 days, when kept in CPDA anti coagulant solution and refrigerated at 2 – 4 deg C. But the demand is so great that blood hardly ever remains in storage for so long and is used much before expiry.    Q:         Can we separate blood into its components?   A: Yes! Now with technical advancements, we can make components of blood and store them. For example, plasma can be separated from whole blood and stored up to one year in frozen state at -80 deg C temperature or below. This is called Fresh Frozen Plasma. Similarly there are other components like Platelet Rich Plasma; Platelet Concentrate (can be stored as a life saving measure upto 5 days now at 22- 24 degrees C in a platelet incubator and agitator); Cryoprecipitate (which is very useful in treating bleeding disorders due to the deficiency of factor VIII and IX); Factor VIII and IX; Albumin, Globulin and many others.    In most progressive blood banks more than 85 % of the blood collected is converted into components and stored. This is because many patients do not require whole blood. For example, a patient whose hemoglobin is low and is therefore anemic, may just require Packed Cells i.e. only red cells; a patient with burns may need more of plasma than cells; a patient with hemophilia may require only Factor VIII.  Now with the advent of Cell-separators we can directly draw a particular component from the donor, while rest of the blood constituents go back to the donor.

Transfusion : Q: In which situations do patients need blood transfusion?   A:     There are many situations in which patients need blood to stay alive:  A patient needs blood after a major accident in which there is loss of blood.   No major surgery is performed without blood as there is bound to be blood loss.    On an average, for every open heart surgery about 6 units of blood is required.

In miscarriage or childbirth, cases the patient may need large amount of blood to be transfused for saving her life and also the child’s.   For patients with blood diseases like severe Anaemias especially Aplastic Anaemias, Leucaemias (blood cancer), Haemophilia (bleeding disorder), Thalassemia etc. repeated blood transfusions are the only solution.   In many other situations like poisoning, drug reactions, shock, burns, blood transfusion is the only way to save precious human life.

Q: Do you test all the collected blood?    A:    Yes. ALL the blood in our blood bank is tested for AIDS, VDRL, jaundice (HBsAg, HCV), malaria etc. using the latest technology.    Q:  What happens to patients in transfusions with incompatible blood (mismatched blood)?     A:                The following symptoms may occur after only a few ml. of blood have been given:

1. Patient complains of shivering, restlessness, nausea, and vomiting. There is precardial and lumbar pain.

2. Cold, clammy skin with cyanosis.  3. Pulse rate increases, respiratory rate increases. Temperature increases to 38 to 40 deg C. [101 to 105 F].      4. Blood pressure falls and patient passes into a state of shock.       5. Haemoglobinaemia, haemoglobinurea (urine turns red); oliguria (urine becomes scanty or the urinary output is reduced) and anuria (total output of urine becomes 200 ml. a day)    6. Jaundice appears after a few hours and in some cases anuria persists and uremia develops. This may lead to death.

Donating Blood: Q: In which situations do people generally donate blood?     A: There are three types of blood donors: -

(1) PROFESSIONAL DONORS – They sell their blood, which is of very poor quality and can transmit very dangerous diseases to the recipient. It is illegal to take blood from any professional donor.      (2) REPLACEMENT DONATION – Healthy relatives and friends of the patient give their blood, of any group, to the blood bank. In exchange, the required number of units in the required blood group is given.     (3) VOLUNTARY DONATION- Here a donor donates blood voluntarily. The blood can be used for any patient even without divulging the identity of the donor. This is the best type of blood donation where a motivated human being gives blood in an act of selfless service.   Q:  Who is a healthy donor?    A:            Any person within the age group of 18 – 60 years with a body weight as minimum 45 kgs, and having hemoglobin content as minimum 12.5 gm%.     Q:Does a donor need to do anything special before donation?      A:       The donor should eat at regular mealtimes and drink plenty of fluids.    Q:How long does the donation take?    A: The procedure is done by skilled, specially trained technicians and takes three to eight minutes. However, from start to finish (filling form, post donation rest etc) the entire process should take upwards of 35 minutes.   Q: Does the needle hurt the entire time?     A:  There may be a little sting when the needle is inserted, but there should be no pain during the donation.   Q: Does the donor suffer from any harmful effects after donating blood donation?    A: Absolutely not, rather a donor after having given blood voluntarily gets a feeling of great pleasure, peace and bliss. Soon, within a period of 24 – 48 hours, the same amount of new blood gets formed in the body, which helps the donor in many ways. His own body resistance improves, the circulation improves, and he himself feels healthier than before.    Q: Does a donor need to rest after donating blood?

A: Yes. The donor needs rest, preferably lying down, so that the amount of blood that has been donated soon gets poured into the circulation from the body pools in a natural way. The donor should take it easy for about 15 – 20 minutes.

Q:            Can a donor work after donating blood?     A:   Of course! Routine work is absolutely fine after the initial rest. Rigorous physical work should be avoided for a few hours.      Q:  What special diet should a donor follow after giving blood?

A:After resting for a while a donor is given some liquid (fluid) to take. It may be a cup of coffee or milk or fruit juice alongwith a few biscuits or fruit. The donor needs no other special diet. A routine balanced diet is adequate. The donor’s blood gets replenished within 24 – 48 hours.      Q : How frequently a donor can donate blood?     A:    Three months time between donations is a very safe interval.

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New UN report highlights shift towards new drugs and new markets

Posted on 24 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 25 June 2010

Amphetamine-type stimulants and prescription medications are increasingly becoming the drugs of choice globally, according to a new United Nations report, which also notes that drug use has stabilized in developed nations while it seems to be rising in the developing world.

The World Drug Report 2010, launched today by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), says that the number of users of synthetic drugs – estimated at around 30 to 40 million people worldwide – will soon exceed the number of users of opiates and cocaine combined.

“We will not solve the world drugs problem if we simply push addiction from cocaine and heroin to other addictive substances – and there are unlimited amounts of them, produced in mafia labs at trivial costs,” warned UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa.

The agency noted in a news release that the market for amphetamine-type stimulants is harder to track because of short trafficking routes, and the fact that many of the raw materials are both legal and readily available. Manufacturers are quick to market new products, such as ketamine and mephedrone, and exploit new markets.

“These new drugs cause a double problem,” noted Mr. Costa. “First, they are being developed at a much faster rate than regulatory norms and law enforcement can keep up. Second, their marketing is cunningly clever, as they are custom-manufactured so as to meet the specific preference in each situation.”

The report also shows that cannabis remains the world’s most widely produced and used illicit substance – grown in almost all countries, and smoked by 130 to 190 million people at least once a year.

It adds that the fact that cannabis use is declining in some of its highest value markets, namely North America and parts of Europe, is another indication of shifting patterns of drug abuse.

Mr. Costa cited the boom in heroin consumption in Eastern Africa, the rise of cocaine in West Africa and South America, and the surge in the production and abuse of synthetic drugs in the Middle East and South-East Asia.

Highlighting the dangers of drug use in the developing world, he noted that poor countries are not in a position to absorb the consequences of increased drug use. “The developing world faces a looming crisis that would enslave millions to the misery of drug dependence,” he stated.

He also pointed to a serious lack of drug treatment facilities around the world, adding that, while rich people in wealthy countries can afford treatment, the poor are facing the greatest health risks.

The report estimates that only around a fifth of problem drug users worldwide had received treatment in 2008, which means that some 20 million people did not.

“It is time for universal access to drug treatment,” said Mr. Costa, who also called for health to be the centrepiece of drug control and for greater respect for human rights.

While drug use is shifting to new drugs and new markets, the report says that cultivation is declining in Afghanistan (for opium) and the Andean countries (for coca).

“The global area under opium cultivation has dropped by almost a quarter (23 per cent) in the past two years, and opium production looks set to fall steeply in 2010 due to a blight that could wipe out a quarter of Afghanistan’s poppy crop,” says UNODC. “Coca cultivation, down by 28 per cent in the past decade, has kept declining in 2009.”

The report, launched today in Washington D.C. by Mr. Costa, also contains a chapter on the destabilizing influence of drug trafficking on transit countries, focusing in particular on the case of cocaine.

It says that Venezuela has emerged as a major departure point for cocaine trafficked to Europe: between 2006 and 2008, over half of all detected maritime shipments of cocaine to Europe came from Venezuela. It also highlights the unstable situation in West Africa, which has become a hub for cocaine trafficking.

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Will ensure that no human rights violation occurs in JK

Posted on 24 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 25 June 2010

Condemning the death of a youth in a police firing, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said the government will take steps to ensure that no human rights violation occurs in the state.

“Death of any innocent civilian is always a matter of concern and pain for any responsible government…We shall take all appropriate steps to ensure that no (further) human rights violation occurs,” Abdullah said on Sunday in a meeting with his legislators to discuss the law and order situation in the old city in the aftermath of the incident.

One youth was killed and four others were injured on Sunday in violence which broke out in the old city as an agitated mob tried to set on fire a mobile bunker of CRPF in Noorbagh locality, prompting the paramilitary force to open fire.

“I have already directed the security forces to strictly follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure that no innocent lives are lost and no collateral damage is caused while dealing with law and order situations,” Abdullah said.

However, the government will not show any complacency in dealing with law and order situation and elements responsible for perpetrating stone pelting and other such incidents will be dealt with severely, he said.

The chief minister also appealed to the people to cooperate with the government in maintaining peace and order in the state.

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Lanka threatens to bar visit of UN rights panel

Posted on 24 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Friday 25 June 2010

In a defiant stance, Sri Lanka today said it will not allow a UN panel to enter the country to investigate alleged human rights abuses during the last stages of the country’s civil war, which could put the country in a confrontation course with the world body.

“We will not allow the UN Panel (on Sri Lanka) to enter the country. We may not issue them visas,” External Affairs Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris told reporters.

He termed as “unnecessary” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s appointment on Tuesday of the three-member panel to advise him on any violations of international human rights.

Stating that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had already set up a Commission on “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation” under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, a statutory regime available under Sri Lankan law Peiris said the UN panel would not serve any purpose.

The UN announced Tuesday that the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had set up a three-member panel to look into alleged human rights violations during the final stages of the war against LTTE in Sri Lanka.

The panel is headed by Indonesia’s former attorney general Marzuki Darusman, and has two other members Yazmin Sooka of South Africa and Steven Ratner, a lawyer from the United States.

“We feel the panel is an unnecessary interference. The government should be given a free space to make its own findings,” Peiris said.

The Ministry earlier issued a statement saying that the Government of Sri Lanka strongly opposed the appointment of the UN human rights panel.

Sri Lanka was ravaged by the scourge of terrorism for over 30 years, it said.

“The people of Sri Lanka have, during this period, suffered violence and terror of unimaginable proportions, unleashed on them by the LTTE,” the statement said.

After a long and difficult struggle the Government of Sri Lanka has successfully rid the country of “terror” and is in the process of rebuilding the lives of her people, it said.

The Government is confident that the Lankan Commission appointed would make a most significant contribution to the further strengthening of national amity, through a process of restorative justice, it added.

“Sri Lanka is a sovereign state with a robustly independent judiciary and a tried and tested system for the administration of justice,” it said adding Sri Lanka has consistently promoted and protected human rights.

“Indeed, this has been explicitly acknowledged by legitimate organs of the United Nations system,” it said.

Terming the setting up of UN panel as “interference”, the government statement claimed it has potential for exploitation by vested interests hostile to the process of reconciliation taking place in Sri Lanka.

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Posted on 23 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Thursday 24 June 2010

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Govt may recommend rejection of Afzal’s mercy plea

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AIHRA News, Thursday 24 June 2010

Government is likely to recommend to President Pratibha Patil that the mercy petition of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru be rejected, upholding the death sentence awarded to him by the Supreme Court.

Sources said Home Minister P Chidambaram is likely to decide that such a recommendation could be sent to the President before whom the mercy petition is pending.

The relevant file is expected to be sent to the Prime Minister’s Office shortly from where it will sent to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The mercy petition was filed by Guru’s wife Tabassum four years ago.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said that the President was yet to receive any recommendation on the Parliament attack convict from the government.

“We have not received anything on Afzal Guru from the Home Ministry yet,” the spokesperson said.

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Maoists not involved in Jnaneshwari disaster: Kishenji

Posted on 22 June 2010 by admin

AIHRA News, Wednesday 23 June 2010.

Top Maoist leader Kishenji today claimed that his oufit was not involved in the May 28 Jnaneswari Express disaster in West Midnapore district that claimed 148 lives.

“We are not involved in the derailment of the Jnaneswari Express. We have no relation with the people who have done it,” Kishenji told PTI from an undisclosed location.

When pointed out that police was accusing Maoists for the mishap, he said, “We have said earlier that we were not involved in the accident. The police can cook up their own stories.

“We are fighting for the people and we will not do anything at their cost,” said the Maoist Politburo member, who has remained incommunicado for a month with the police claiming that he was injured in the Hatiloth forest encounter on March 25 and was hiding somewhere in West Midnapore district.

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AIHRA News, Wednesday 23 June 2010


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