WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HUMAN RIGHT DAY By Monsurat Ajoke Foundation (MAF)
This day is celebrated every year on December 10 to recognize and empower human rights. it mainly includes economic, social, cultural rights and international commitments on civil and political rights.
Human rights law came into existence on September 28, 1993, in India. After that, the Government of India constituted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on October 12, 1993. There are several rights are included in the jurisdiction of the Commission such as economic, social and cultural rights.
Human Rights Day 2019: Theme
According to the official website of the United Nations, this year’s theme is – ‘Youth Standing Up for Human Rights’. UN believes that the participation of youth is an essential element to achieve sustainable development for everyone. Also, young people are always taken as major drivers of social, economic and political transformation.
What is Human Right?
Human rights are the right to live, liberty, equality and respect of any human being. The Indian Constitution not only guarantees this right, but the court punishes those who break it. In short, human rights are the natural rights of every person.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
Human rights law came into existence in India from September 28, 1993. This Commission has made its recommendations to the Government to protect the rights of ordinary citizens, children, women, elderly human rights, and people of the LGBT community in the country. The Government has also implemented appropriate amendments in the Constitution, following several recommendations made by NHRC.
History of Human Rights Day
• This day has been celebrated since the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
• For the first time, 48 countries celebrated this day with the United Nations General Assembly.
• In 1950, the General Assembly passed resolution 423 (v) and urged all countries and institutions to adopt it.
• In December 1993, it was announced by UNGA to celebrate it annually.
As we are celebrating international human right day let join hands together to fight for humanity in peaceful way “We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity”
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