Bangalore December 9: A statement released by the general secretary of National Women's Front, Lubna Menhaz on the eve of WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY asked Indian people to be vigilant against human rights violations of all forms. The day, December 10, is celebrated as world human rights day to commemorate the historic UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The declaration upholds that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights in a spirit of universal brotherhood. Everyone, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status are entitled for human rights, right to life, liberty security, equality before law etc.
Unfortunately we see violations of all kinds in our country. People are discriminated on the basis of religion, caste and even for political opinion. Laws like AFPSA, UAPA and MCOCA legitimize human rights violations and gives impunity to law enforcement agencies to violate human rights. Thousands of people mostly belonging to Muslim, Dalit and Adivasi sections are left to rot in jails as under-trials only because of the existence of these draconian laws. One of the extremely alarming situations in our country is the rise of extra judicial killings. This situation is made possible due to lack of awareness of human rights among common people.
National Women's Front reminded that it is absurd to expect that authorities will present our rights on a golden platter. Without external vigilance and awareness on the part of the civil society, all these rights we achieved through centuries of struggles and sacrifices will be taken back as is happening in our country. NWF therefore appeals to people of all sections to be sensitive to the rights of man without any kind of sectarian considerations and put up collective resistance to all kinds of violations.