Human-rights commission law debated on Thursday

Breaking News August 14, 2017 19:43

By The Nation

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is scheduled on Thursday to deliberate the organic law governing the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), following a revision that would allow current commissioners to complete their terms.

Previously, the Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) had written a provisional clause that the NHRC would be reset to square one in order to pave the way for a more diverse commission to be newly set up.

In the revised version brought by the NLA’s panel, however, the NHRC would stay on until their tenure ends over the next three years. Some new qualifications stipulated in the organic law, such as the age limit or having demonstrably good morals, would not apply to them.

The latest draft bill also includes a higher bar to qualify future commissioners. The requirement for experience in the human rights field has been extended from five years to 10 years.

In the event of a proposal to disqualify current commissioners, the evaluation should be done by the recruiting panel within 20 days after the law comes into effect, according to the latest draft.


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