|National Human Rights Commission sworn into office|
The National Human Rights Commission Chairperson, Ms. Dora Zatte and its two members, Justice Ranjan Perera and Ms. Farzana Jumaye, were sworn into office at State House this morning.
The appointment of the chairperson and its members is in accordance with Section 3(9) of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 2009 for a four year tenure. They took their Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and their Oath of Office in the presence of the President of the Republic, Mr. James Michel. The Commission was appointment by President Michel in consultation with the Chief Justice and the Speaker of the National Assembly.
The ceremony was attended by the Vice-President, Mr Danny Faure, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Andre Pool, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr Frederick Egonda-Ntende, the President of the Court of Appeal, Mr Francis MacGregor, the Attorney General, Mr Ronny Govinden and other senior officials in the Office of the President.The National Human Rights Commission was established by law under the Protection of Human Rights Act in 2009 for better protection and promotion of human rights in Seychelles.
The Commission comprises of three members, among them the chairperson of the Commission is the person appointed as the Ombudsman under article 143 (1) and the two other members should be a person who has been a Judge or is a barrister for more than five years standing or a person having knowledge of, or practical experience in matters relating to human rights.
In a press interview with the national media after the swearing-in ceremony, Ms. Dora Zatte said, "For this forthcoming mandate, we expect to see a more dynamic National Human Rights Commission. I welcome the appointment of the two members, I am sure that we’re going to benefit from the expertise of Justice Perera who has served the judiciary for a long time and from Ms. Jumaye as well, who has worked in the legal field..."
"We hope within the coming years that we will see greater degree of commitment towards the funding of the Commission’s activities. We intend to primarily deal with the allegations of human rights violations.... we have also other roles to play in educating and promoting human rights issues but for the time being our resources do not allow us to give maximum emphasis to all of these sectors, so we have to priorities our resources to where its most crucial and that is in investigation of allegations and breaches,” she said.
Blogger Note: A human rights commissioner as well as the ombudsman is a conflict of interest and an abuse of power vested by a state. The lack of transparency and equality is born out of work load bias-ness and inability to perform.
Number (2) two: Is the right to stand for humanitarian rights which does not discriminate or eliminate rather it encourages and welcomes each and every able men and women despite his or her educational background or tenure of office.
You can be a good Samaritan anywhere, anyplace, anyhow; no need to have a few millions or royalty and title to do so as this would in fact be morally and social discriminatory which is in directly violation to what human rights stands for.
Number 3: Is the human rights work which is based on study, analysis and evidence. A Human Rights board can only perform in accordance with intelligence and facility without constraint when the writing is not on the wall but when it is why should there be constraints or excuses?
If a Human rights organisation priorities than it is not deemed credible as to each individual which ever religion, race or status the Right To Equal protection under the law is guaranteed even as per section 1 article 27 of the Constitution of seychelles and part of the universal declaration of human rights adopted by the state of seychelles.
Neglect duty or failure to perform is not acceptable when it comes to humanity as the pivotal aspect of a great nation and good society depends on the ability to listen, to concern to act for all individuals equally without ill taught or favors.
Independent investigators can be tasked to provide independent reports on violations and claims for a commission. Testimonies must be made to be challenged based on it actuality and realism.
When there is no rights protected we may have tyranny or anarchy; the law is but a mirage of peace and tranquility.
"So when Seychelles decides to get serious with human rights work and stop paying for massive homes, cars and fuel, expensive meals and trips for appointed individual.
The men and women who can go on the field manage an office without constraint on a budget now that's when we can say we have a human rights commission.
Until then we merely have a window dressing of a commission and all seychellois should petition for its dissemble and restructuring immediately as well as a forensic audit of its work and expenditures.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Another So Called Human Rights Appointment Without A Lantern everything In The Cold Darkness..
Posted by Jean Paul Isaac at 6:20 PM