International Human Rights Day


Today the global community is observing the International Human Rights Day. The day is marked in remembrance of the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights –the most translated document in the world. The document delineates the 30 inalienable rights, which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The theme of 2020 is “better recover –stand up for human rights”, while relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and focusing on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. The international community today will vow again to reach our common global goals only if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination. However, the prevalent situation of gender disparity, racial injustice, nations struggling for their right to self-determination, people yearning for freedom of speech and freedom to live with dignity questions the progress we have achieved so far. For Pakistan, this day is related to the blatant human rights violations of Indian occupational forces in Indian held Jammu and Kashmir. From 1989, more than 94,000 Kashmiris have been killed, more than 22,000 women widowed, 10,000 raped, and molested, 105,000 children, have been orphaned by the Indian military and paramilitary troops in IoK. According to the reports of the UN Human Rights Commission, the Indian authorities have enforced repressive laws like AFSPA, and forces are using pallet gun as a weapon of choice for crowd control. The high offices have recommended that Indian authorities should be legally prosecuting the security personal violating the human rights, and investigate the abuses like extra-judicial killings, sexual violence, torture and enforced disappearances conducted in Indian Occupied Kashmir. They also asked to end the ban on freedom of the press and fully respect the Kashmiris right to self-determination as mentioned in the international law. However, the current abysmal situation of the region poses a serious question to the international community and demands answers of this prolonged violation of these birthrights guaranteed by the UDHR to all humans on earth.

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