The National Human Rights Commission announced in a statement that Former Chief Justice HL.Dattu has been appointed as member of the International Coordinating Committee Bureau of National Human Rights Institutions Bureau in Geneva.
- The chief justice presence in the ICC Bureau will be aimed at strengthening the ICC and also enhancing the role of NHRIs in the UN mechanisms.
- NHRC, India will now be representing the Asia-Pacific region along with Mongolia, Qatar and Australia.
- He was chosen unanimously after no other NHRI from the region nominated candidate against him to fill vacancy made after the representative of NHRI of South-Korea vacated it.
National Human Rights Institutions
- The International Coordinating Committee established in 1993 for National Human Rights Institutions (ICC) is the international association of national human rights institutions from all parts of the globe.
- Facilitates and supports NHRI engagement with the UN Human Rights Council and Treaty Bodies.
- Encourages cooperation and information sharing among NHRIs, including through an annual meeting and biennial conference.
- Undertakes accreditation of NHRIs in accordance with the Paris Principles and promotes the role of NHRIs within the United Nations and with States and other international agencies.
- Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu is a former Chief Justice of India serving as 42 nd chief Justice of India.
- In February 2016, Dattu began serving as the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India.