At the panel discussion WGHR indicated the possibility, therefore, of the tool being adapted for use in other countries. In addition to tracking the implementation of UPR recommendations the tool enables monitoring of the domestic human rights situation and will inevitably lead to greater accountability.
To mark the occasion of the launch of the monitoring tool WGHR, a group of civil society organisations and independent experts working in the field of human rights in India, organised a panel discussion on the UPR and implementation of recommendations.
The panel included Justice Madan B. Lokur, Supreme Court of India; Justice V Gopal Gawda, Supreme Court of India; Shri Wajahat Habibullah, Chairperson, National Commission for Minorities; Shri Satyabrata Pal, Member, National Human Rights Commission; Ms. Jashodhra Dasgupta, National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights (NAMHHR); and Mr. Miloon Kothari, Convenor WGHR and Former United Nations Special Rapporteur. In the presence of a large audience Justice Gopal Gowda and Justice Madan Lokur from the Indian Supreme Court, launched the WGHR report.
The panel focused their attention on the benefits the monitoring tool is expected to bring to India.
The panelists urged the Government of India to uphold its national and international human rights commitments. The panel discussed the disconnect that sometimes exists between local action and international dialogue on human rights issues. The hope was expressed that the information generated by the utilization of this tool1 would enable local action and international discussions to lead to tangible improvements for the lives of people in India.
Panelists also spoke eloquently that the experience of the UPR for India was a timely reminder of the enormous unfulfilled agenda for the realization of a range of human rights across India.