FATORDA: Goa Forward Party (GFP) Chief Vijai Sardesai has written to Chief Secretary demanding the immediate appointment of a Chairperson at the Goa Human Right Commission (GHRC).
“Considering the urgency of this matter and the critical importance of protecting human rights, I kindly request you to prioritize the appointment of a Chairperson for the GHRC without further delay,” said Sardesai.
He further said that this appointment must be made in a timely manner to expedite the resolution of pending cases and restore faith in the Commission’s ability to safeguard the rights of the people of Goa.
“In addition to the appointment, I also call for necessary measures to strengthen the infrastructure and resources of the GHRC, enabling it to effectively discharge its responsibilities,” he added.
Sardesai said that adequate administrative support should be provided to address the backlog of cases and ensure the timely disposal of new cases that come before the Commission.
He said that it has come to my attention that the GHRC currently has more than 500 pending cases awaiting resolution. The staggering backlog of cases raises serious concerns about the Commission’s ability to provide timely justice and uphold the human rights of the citizens of Goa.
“The absence of a Chairperson further exacerbates the situation, hindering the Commission’s decision-making process and delaying the much-needed relief for aggrieved parties,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, Vijai has urged CS to initiate a transparent and robust selection process for the appointment of the Chairperson, ensuring that it is conducted in accordance with the established norms and guidelines.
“The process should include the involvement of relevant stakeholders, including human rights organizations and civil society representatives, to guarantee a fair and merit-based selection,” he added.