National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairperson Justice Arun Mishra today addressed the 14th International Conference of the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) at Copenhagen, Denmark. Speaking on the theme of ‘Torture and other ill-treatment: The role of NHRIs’, Justice Mishra stressed on Cooperation to make societies more humane and civil to eradicate the menace of torture where often victims are poor and hapless individuals.

He added that to effectively

address the practice of torture, prosecution of perpetrators and disciplinary action is non-negotiable with transparency in police actions and places of detention. Justice Mishra also said that Public Interest Litigation in courts and suo motu cognizance by the NHRC are unique instruments to ensure justice for the victims. He added that NHRIs owe not only to present but also future generations to take effective steps to prevent torture.

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