Prof. Y.S.R. Murthy has served in the National Human Rights Commission of India in various capacities for over 12 years including as the Director, Policy Research, Programmes and Projects Division. As a civil servant, he also held a number of responsible and sensitive assignments including as the Director, Media and Communications to the Prime Minister’s Office, President’s Secretariat and Cabinet Secretariat from 2005-07.
He provided research support to the National Human Rights Commission’s efforts through Policy research, legal analysis and monitoring of research projects on Human Rights. He spearheaded the Commission’s advocacy and monitoring efforts in the areas of public health, HIV/AIDS, disability, rights of Scheduled Castes, mentally ill persons, refugees, migrants and displaced persons, torture, terrorism and international human rights conventions. He was responsible for organizing many national public inquiries, seminars as well as international and regional conferences. He represented the Commission at many international conferences including in the Durban World Conference against Racism in 2001 as well as the Durban Review Conference in 2009, Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Commissions.
Prof. Murthy edited the annual Journal of the National Human Rights Commission for over five years and its monthly newsletter for over three years. He was responsible for over 30 publications of the Commission on diverse aspects of Human Rights. He published a number of books and articles. Significant ones among them include ‘Human Rights Handbook’ by Lexis Nexis Butterworth in October, 2007, ‘Halsbury’s Laws of India, Human Rights’ title by Lexis Nexis Butterworth in July 2005, co-contributor for District Magistrate’s Manual on Human Rights (2007) and Manual on Torture for Health Professionals. (2004). In addition, he published a number of articles in newspapers and his talks on human rights were broadcast by the All India Radio.
Prof. Murthy secured Masters Degree in Statistics from the University of Madras [1982-84] where he stood First in the University. Subsequently he was awarded the British Chevening Fellowship by the British Council for pursuing M.A. degree in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London in 1998-99. He secured his Ph.D. from Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai. His research interests include Human rights, terrorism, torture, International Criminal Court, right to development and International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law. Deeply interested in teaching, he was a visiting faculty in the Indian Law Institute, Indian Society of International Law and Jamia Milia Islamia.