Protecting Human Rights in Today’s India: Call for Respect for Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms | NCHRO Gathering in Delhi
New Delhi, Dec. 10: On the eve of International Human Rights Day, the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) Delhi Chapter conducted a “Discussion on Human Rights Situation in India” on Monday at Indian Coffee House, New Delhi.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
NCHRO has been observing this day since 1997. This year, with the message of “RIGHTS OF ONE HUMAN ARE RIGHTS OF EVERY HUMAN”, NCHRO conducted nationwide poster campaign and programmes in different places.
NCHRO Delhi Chapter President Adv. Amit Srivastav presided over the discussion held at Delhi. National Secretary Adv. A. Mohamed Yusuff inaugurated the session. The Bulletin about the “Intervention of NCHRO in Assam Issue since 2012” was also released by Adv. Yusuff during the event. Rights activists from different organizations and student activists actively participated in the discussion and demanded that India should respect the human rights at all levels. NCHRO Delhi chapter General Secretary moderated the programme.
The following resolutions were adopted in the programme:
1. Marking the 70th anniversary of UDHR, United Nations called for “Let’s Standup for Equality, Justice and Human Dignity”. India has become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during the election held in the month of October for the next three years from 1st January 2019. Hence, NCHRO demands that India has the responsibility and is committed to respect the human rights and strive to bring the Equality, Justice and Human Dignity for its citizens. We, members of the Civic Society express our deepest concern at recent developments affecting the state of democracy and human rights protection in our country.
2. NCHRO demands the central government to provide more powers to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and State Human Rights Commissions (SHRCs) and frame appropriate rules enabling them to initiate penal actions against the rights violators.
3. NCHRO demands to repeal the draconian laws, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act – UAPA and Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act – AFSPA for their gross violation of human rights. It also demands to stop harassment and arbitrary arrests of rights activists; withdraw the false cases foisted against them and release them immediately.
4. The police stations are becoming the danger zones and torture chambers, and fear inculcating establishments among the general public. The encounter killings have been becoming the fashion of the police department. These are the grave challenges to the Rule of Law and the Constitutional safeguards. Hence, NCHRO demands the central and state governments to take effective measures to sensitize police department at all levels about the human rights and respecting the citizens of the nation.
5. Awareness is the important factor to stop human rights violations. Hence, NCHRO demands the central and state governments to include the human rights education as one of the compulsory subjects in the school syllabus from primary to higher secondary and also in college syllabus.
Adv. Ansar indori
Delhi Chapter General Secretary
The Bulletin about the “Intervention of NCHRO in Assam Issue since 2012” was released by Adv. A. Mohamed Yusuff, National Secretary of NCHRO (Centre). Rajveer Kaur, Jagjit Singh, Adv. Amit Srivastav, Simranjeet Kaur and Adv. Ansar Indori (Left to Right)