ISLAMABAD: International Human Rights Day is being observed today to uphold human rights and throw light on the plight of the people being denied those basic rights.
This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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 1948.
Seminars, rallies and awareness campaigns will be held today across the world to encourage people to stand up for their own rights and those of others.
In his message on the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain said the government is committed to protect and promote human rights and will continue making efforts to safeguard freedom, liberty, dignity and self-esteem of every citizen of the state.
In his message, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reiterated the government’s resolve to uphold the values of fundamental rights, equality of all human beings, peaceful co-existence, respect for diversity and protection against discrimination in any form.
The premier said we must also understand that the apathetic denial and grim violations of even the very basic human rights to Palestinians, Kashmiris and Rohingyas continue to call in question the collective conscience of the international community.
Abbasi called for building a fair and equitable world in which all communities, people and nations will have the same fundamental rights grounded in their being ‘human’, and not their ‘difference’.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Pakistan is actively engaged with the UN human rights institutions and partners through regular submission of national reports, participation in review processes and implementation of recommendations arising from such mechanism.
He said it is important to recognize and demand full respect for the rights of people under continued illegal occupation. He said foremost among these are the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine.