Human Rights Day is being observed today (Dec 10) across the world. This day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states the rights that every human is entitled to as a human being regardless of caste, creed, race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, and religion. These rights include, but are not limited to, freedom from slavery and torment, freedom of speech, the right to work, the right to education, and many more. In any state, all citizens should be considered equal and must be given justice. It is the responsibility of the state to provide an environment of peace to all by eradicating violence and extremism. Unfortunately, people have no access to their basic human rights in many countries.
Like other countries, human rights are being violated in Pakistan as well. For example, education is the most and primary basic human right, but in Pakistan more than 22 million children are out of school. There is a dire need to strengthen human rights institutions and ensure a strict implementation of country’s national laws and policies. The government should take adequate measures to prevent human rights violation and to deliver legal assistance to the victims of any kind of violence. There must be a system for supporting truth and helping indigenous people through legal processes.
Riaz Ahmed Rustamani ( Dadu )