MHRC has directed Social Welfare Dept on rehab centres: CoNE

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IMPHAL: The Manipur State Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has reportedly directed the director of Social Welfare Department to take necessary actions in order to gain the confidence of different stakeholders ahead of finalization of draft regulation/SOP of rehabilitation centres and to submit the action taken report on or before September 4, 2020.

In a press release issued by president of Community Network for Empowerment (CoNE) Nalinikanta Rajkumar, it was stated that the direction was issued on August 10 following a complaint filed by CoNE and USERS Manipur to the MHRC urging the commission to take the matter of frequent human rights violation in drug rehabilitation centres in the absence of a specific protocols and guidelines, to be followed by the non-funded privately run drug rehabilitation centres, as a serious matter and direct the department concerned to organize a State Level Consultation inviting various stakeholders including representatives from community based organizations and private rehab centres to seek feedback on the first draft of the State Specific Minimum Standard Protocol for Drug De Addiction & Rehabilitation Centre before finalizing it.

The MHRC in its proceeding was reported to have mentioned that the complainants have earlier filed a Writ Petition PIL No. 32 of 2020 at the Manipur High Court to regulate the private rehabilitation centres existing in the state of Manipur. “In this regard, Hon’ble High Court of Manipur passed a judgment directing the respondents to frame the regulation if not already done within a period of 3 (three) months from the date of receipt of a copy of the order and ensure proper steps are taken to alleviate the grievance of the drug addicts as stated by the petitioners in social interest.”

The MHRC taking serious note of the complaint, registered it as MHRC Complaint Case 108 of 2020 under Section 12 of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 and further directed the Social Welfare Department Director to take necessary action thereby inviting different stakeholders before finalization of draft regulation/SoP of Rehabilitation centres and to report his action taken report on or before 04.09.2020, said CoNE

In the complaint petition addressed to the commission, CoNE and USERS Manipur while highlighting the various cases of human rights violation and numerous cases of unwanted incidents happening in non-funded privately run drug rehabilitation centres in the absence of a specific protocol and guidelines, said that the government while considering the urgent need for intervention to regulate and monitor the private rehabilitation centres to ensure effective service delivery, is planning to make mandatory for every de-addiction centre to follow guidelines and Minimum Standards Service prescribed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, until a State specific Guideline is developed for setting up of De-Addiction and Rehabilitation Centres in the state. “This, however, will not be a feasible step since what is practicable for government funded rehabilitation centres will not be acceptable for privately run rehab centres”, it added.

The complaint came to the table of the MHRC, after the Manipur High Court passed its judgment, and the authorities notified of the court’s ruling on July 24, 2020, to expedite the directive of the Court so that the authorities concerned come up with a specific protocol during the said timeline as demanded by the ours. CoNE and USERS Manipur would be filing a contempt case if the direction of the Court is not complied with during the stipulated timeline.

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