The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has retained the top grading in a review by a global panel of rights bodies, which set aside a plea from some civil society groups for its downgrading.
The Accreditation Sub-Committee of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC-NHRIs) has recommended that the NHRC India be re-accredited with ‘A’ status, according to the rights panel.
The decision came following a session of the sub-committee in Geneva from May 23 to 27. The NHRC has held the ‘A’ status with ICC since 1999. This status is given to the NHRIs which are fully compliant with the Paris Principles towards promotion and protection of human rights.
A group of NGOs had asked the internationalcommittee to downgrade NHRC, claiming it was beset with corruption.
“The panel has set aside the plea of the civil society groups. The A status has protected India’s reputation in the international community,” an NHRC official said.