Human Rights Day is being celebrated in Pakistan and other parts of the world on Saturday (today).
The United Nations had declared December 10 as the International Human Rights Day, the date when the world body had adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in year 1948.
UN General Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) in 1950, in which it asked all member countries to mark 10th December as the International Human Rights Day.
UN, on its website, stated that Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe.
“Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack,” the UN stated.
The awareness campaigns, seminars and public gatherings will be held today across the world to promote human rights. Recent devastating events around the globe such as the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria, massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and terrorist attacks and other excesses being perpetrated by the terrorist groups of various hues against humanity are some of the challenges being faced by the world.
The rights situation in Pakistan also indicate serious problems. The crimes against women, minorities and other vulnerable segments of the society highlight the need for proper legislation and enforcement of laws by the state.
Each and every citizen of the world can stand and be counted and join hands to improve the rights situation in the world.
“We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media,” UN stated.