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2004: Indian Muslim Statements
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MINORITIES COUNCIL
 

Proposals For People’s Agenda 2004

i. Accountability & Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence & Crimes Against Humanity.
ii. Social Harmony & Reconciliation
iii. Governance
iv. Right to Equality & Non-Discrimination
v. Inclusive Democracy & Social Diversity

New Delhi, 4 June, 2004

I

Accountability & Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence & Crimes Against Humanity.

1. Gujarat: Dismissal of the State Government of Gujrat and enactment and enforcement of the promised law for speedily bringing to justice the guilty and adequate compensation and rehabilitation and protection of victims.

2. Enactment of a law on Genocide, as demanded by the People’s Integration Council and establishing a National Crimes Tribunal as recommended by the Concerned Citizens’ Tribunal 2002 (CCTG).

2.1     Enactment of a law on the rights of victims of violence providing for reparation, restitution and rehabilitation and protection of all victims.

3. Implementing other measures for reform of law-enforcement system as recommended by the Report of the NCM (1999) and the CCTG2002.

II

Social Harmony & Reconciliation

1. An empowered Arbitration Commission to give a verdict on Ayodhya-Kashi-Mathura issue which will be binding on all parties. The Commission’s personnel to be so appointed as to be independent and to enjoy confidence of both communities. In the process the Supreme Court and the NHRC should have a say in the formation and in sanctioning of the legal finality.

2. Constituting a permanent statutory Community Relations Commission (CRC) for prevention and resolution of inter-group ethnic & religious conflicts.

 

III

Governance

1. Governance and administration to be made citizen-centric, instead of the existing State-centric functioning. Article 13 of the Constitution to be operationalised.

1.1  Comprehensive Right to Information law to make governance transparent and accountable.

2. Basic reform of the police system to make it function independently accountable to law for impartial law-enforcement on the lines suggested by the National Police Commission (NPC) 1978-81) and endorsed by NHRC.

3. Basic reform of the administration of justice system especially of the subordinate judiciary for delivery of prompt, untainted justice.

4. Repeal of all draconian laws and provisions for administrative detention.

4.1  Use of force and firearms by the police to be brought into conformity with human rights standards.

5. Necessary measures for eradication of corruption from public life.

IV

Right to Equality & Non-Discrimination

1. A permanent empowered Equality Commission/Equal Opportunities Commission to deal with the issues related to exclusion of and discrimination against vulnerable and marginalized sections including minorities [As recommended by People’s Integration Council.

2. A Commission to study the extent and nature of backwardness and underrepresentation of religious and linguistics minorities in the national life, as already promised in the CMP.

3. Extending the benefits of affirmative action of the State to all persons belonging to S.C. irrespective of faith. The present law and practice is discriminatory and exclusionist.

 

V

Inclusive Democracy & Social Diversity

1. Review of the electoral system introducing measures enabling underrepresented segments like women, religious minorities and certain social groups get due representation in legislatures and other elected bodies.

2. All institutions, including those of the police, the armed forces and the judiciary, to be socially diverse.

3. Multiculturalism & Interculturalism to be the guiding principle in all aspects of language, education and culture.

 


Iqbal A. Ansari
Secretary-General 

Minorities Council 
20, Jaswant Apartments. Okhla, New Delhi-110025 
Tel.: 26324452. E-mail: iqbalansari2001@hotmail.com 
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