Justice H.L. Dattu, chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, India on Tuesday emerged as the unanimous choice to be appointed as a member of the International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs (ICC) Bureau in Geneva. No other NHRI from the Asia Pacific region nominated a candidate against him to fill the position of a Member vacated by the representative of NHRI of South-Korea. NHRC, India will now be representing Asia-Pacific Region along with Mongolia, Qatar and Australia.
Justice Dattu with his vast experience and legal expertise is expected to contribute richly to the approach of the ICC on the human rights issues being faced by the international community. His presence on the ICC Bureau will help in not only strengthening the ICC but also enhance the role of NHRIs in the United Nations mechanisms. He will also be working towards the creation of new NHRIs in the countries, which have not set up such bodies.
The ICC Bureau is an important human rights body, which serves as the Management Committee of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC). The ICC Bureau implements all the decisions of the ICC General Meetings and directs the operations of the ICC between these meetings. All sub-committees and working groups report to the ICC Bureau.