CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (CHR)
The Centre for Human Rights has been established at NUALS to stimulate discussions on the concept of human rights and how the law can be used in the service of human rights. Since independence, India has made significant efforts to strengthen the constitutional, legal and institutional framework to protect and promote human rights. This work has been supported by an active and sensitive judiciary, which has safeguarded and strengthened existing civil and political rights as well as meaningfully expanded the notion of rights to including basic economic and social entitlements. Notwithstanding the progress made, human rights violations continue to be reported demonstrating the shortfalls in the existing system. This scenario underscores the need for continued efforts to develop a culture of human rights accompanied by legal initiatives upholding human rights. The Centre will therefore work to bridge the knowledge in legal, social and cultural realms that impede the achievement of higher human rights compliance. Building on the Centre's expertise in general human rights law, the Centre also intends to promote academic work in the area of international humanitarian law and refugee law.
The Centre proposes to:
1. Promote the study of human rights and provide appropriate inputs for creating a human rights' based legal regime by engaging the academic community, human rights activists, lawyers and the wider public;
2. Promote the mainstreaming of human rights in all economic, social and cultural decision-making, by both state and non-state actors;
3. Build capacities of state and non-state actors in India, with the aim of improving their compliance with human rights standards, norms and best practices;
4. Act as a platform of human rights impact assessment examining policies, legislation, programs and projects to identify and measure their effects on human rights;
5. Facilitate nation6.l and international collaboration between organisations working in the area of human rights and the teaching staff of the University;
6. Provide a common platform for various local and national bodies/organizations working on human rights issues
The centre is staffed by:
The Director (i/c) of the Centre
Namitha K.L, Assistant Professor, NUALS .
Malavika Jayakumar (Research Associate)
Address for Communications:
Centre for Human Rights
The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS)
H.M.T. Colony P.O
Kerala State, India.