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COVID-19 Migrant Workers Crisis: NHRC Intervenes in Suo Motu Case Before Supreme Court [READ APPLICATION]

Lawstreet Journal 8 Jun 2020 8:30pm

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The Supreme Court on June 05, 2020 has allowed the intervention application filed by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the suo motu case concerning the plight of migrant workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Interestingly, earlier, the NHRC itself had also taken suo motu cognizance of the issue.

The three-Judge Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, and MR Shah is hearing in re: Problems and Miseries of Migrant Labourers. After a long and detailed hearing which lasted for over an hour, the Apex Court has reserved its order in the matter, which will be delivered on June 9, 2020. 

The NHRC has been set up by an Act of the Parliament under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. Section 12 of the Act lays down the functions of the commission, including among others, under section 12(b) to intervene in any proceeding involving any allegation of violation of human rights pending before a court with the approval of such court and under section 12 (d) to review the safeguards provided by or under the Constitution or any law for the time being in force for the protection of human rights and recommend measures for effective implementation. 


Through intervention, the NHRC seeks directions from the Court for implementation of short term and long term measures that may be considered by the Court to decrease the plight of the migrant workers and to ensure that the human rights of these poor laborers are not violated, mentions application. 


1. Short term measures: 

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