Author: Henri Tiphagne

Defending Human Rights, Challenging State Impunity

Kanna advanced the argument that there should not be any form of prior sanction for prosecuting a policeman in a Human Rights Court. The fact that there is the establishment of a Human Rights Court at the district level under the protection of Human Rights Act is by itself a statutory sanction. No separate sanction is required. He was one of the fiercest opponents of the constitution of the NHRC in India. It was his view that criminal courts in the country need to be strengthened, and violations fought through the courts. Any other form of dealing with human rights would not, in his view, help in the promotion of a human rights culture in the long term.