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Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Published on July 20, 2019
Current context: The Lok Sabha has passed the Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019
  • The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has proposed to amend the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 to address the concerns raised at certain global platforms
  • Certain state governments have also proposed the amendment has they were facing difficulties in finding suitable candidates for the posts of chairman of state commissions
  • The provisions of the amended act are:
  1. Allows a judge of the SC to be eligible to be appointed as chairman of the commission
  2. Increase the number of members from 2 to 3, one shall be a woman
  3. Chairman of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, National Commission for Backward Classes and Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities are included as deemed Members of the Commission
  4. Reduce the term of chairman and members of the commission from presently 5 to 4 years
  5. CJI and judge of the High court would be eligible to be the chairman of the state commission
  6. States will confer human rights functions of UTs except for Delhi


Q.1 What is the present term of the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission?
a. 4 years
b. 5 years
c. 3 years
d. 6 years

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