NHRC's Human Rights Day Function
10TH DEC, 2008
The Lok Sabha Speaker, Mr. Somnath Chatterjee today released a commemorative postal stamp in observance of 60 years of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights at a special function organized by the National Human Rights Commission to mark Human Rights Day in New Delhi today. He also launched an online registration of complaints mechanism with the National Human Rights Commission. Addressing the gathering as the Chief Guest on the occasion, Mr. Chatterjee said, human rights have no meaning if there is no sustainable development. Unfortunately the fruits of development have failed to reach all over citizens in the same proportion. He appreciated the work being done by the National Human Rights Commission in ensuring promotion and protection of human rights and underscored the challenges ahead. Mr. Chatterjee expressed serious concern over the human rights violations of women and children. Condemning terrorism as a natural enemy of human rights with a reference to the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai, the Lok Sabha Speaker described it as a most reprehensible act and violation of a human beings basic right to life and security.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Mr. A. Raja said, India struggles in its own way on his path of progress and in its endeavor for ensuring human rights of all its citizens. He expressed hope that through the commemorative stamp of the Department of Posts, the message of Universal Declaration of Human Rights will reach to the people of India and the world. Earlier, in his welcome address the NHRC Chairperson, Mr. Justice S. Rajendra Babu said, there is a wide gap envisaged either in the law or in the programme and the people. The Commission is enjoined with a duty to monitor such programmes and effectively bring them closer to the people concerned and needy. In this context, he said, various programmes have been conducted by the Commission to bring awareness on human right issues. These range on various topics as Food Security, Right to Health, Right to Education, Hygiene and Sanitation, Custodial Justice, Rights of Women Children or Elderly or disabled persons, Rights of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes etc.
The Secretary General, NHRC, Mr. A.K. Jain read out the message of the President, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the occasion. The President in her message said, on the occasion of 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights we all should re-dedicate to the cause of promotion and protection of human rights and dignity of all. The message of UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon was also read out by a UN Representative. In his message Mr. Ban Ki-moon said, rights and especially there violation must hold the whole world in solidarity.
Both the guests released a number of NHRC publications on the occasion. These included Annual Journal of NHRC, both in Hindi and English, booklet of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in eight different languages - Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali and English. A book on proceedings of NHRC workshop on Detention, three bilingual pamphlets in Hindi and English on NHRC's recommendations on Rights to Education, Manual Scavenging and Sanitation and Detention were also released. The release of NHRC's wall calendar and desk calendar 2009 based on the theme of Mahatama Gandhi's approach and vision on human rights was another attraction on the occasion.
The NHRC also presented memento to Mr. Chatterjee and Mr. A. Raja marking the 60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Several dignitaries including the Members of the Commission and Senior Officers were present at the function.