World marks 71st Human Rights Day
It was 71 years ago, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is an elaborate document that takes into account the rights everyone is entitled to as a human being and came into existence after the World War II tragedy. Since then December 10 is being observed as World Human Rights Day.
The UDHR is the foundation of international and regional human rights treaties that followed—and thus holds special moral and political significance.
In India, it was on September 28, 1993, that Human Rights law came into existence and the government constituted the National Human Rights Commission on October 12, 1993, but even in India December 10 is celebrated as Human Rights Day. Several economic, social and cultural programmes are celebrated highlighting the civil and political rights of the people.
Today, the NGO coalition on Human Rights says that despite UDHR on Human Rights being adopted 71 years ago, a lot needs to be done in order to meaningfully translate the international commitment into a reality for people in several parts of the globe and Fiji in particular, which is a victim of cyberbullying and people who speak out on violation of human rights.