In the national capital of India, the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was celebrated by ADF India through a campaign I’m Human, Rights to commemorate the United Nations’ proclamation on 10th December, 1948 in Paris that ushered in a groundbreaking understanding of the universality of human rights.
The campaign that took place at the India International Centre Annex, New Delhi on Thursday, November 22, 2018, urged the governments both in center and states to uphold the right to life, to family and to religious freedom as was the original intent of the Universal Declaration. Please find the Geneva Statement at ImHumanRight.org.
The participants that included several legal luminaries, social activists and reputed members of civil society reminded the government of the day that as a signatory of the Universal Declaration and being the world’s largest democracy – India’s role in this campaign is vital and to reaffirm that human dignity is innate and that human rights cannot be given or taken away by the State or any other actor.
Rebecca M. John, Senior Advocate, speaking on human right violations in the Hashimpura massacre case said, “Make no mistake, by taking 31 years to punish the guilty, our justice system failed all of the victims, and each one of us.”
“I hope the “I’m Human, Right?” campaign will draw attention to the violations of basic fundamental freedom faced by religious minorities, especially Christians across the country. We encourage the fellow citizens to no longer be silent on these issues and ensure those who continue to violate fundamental human rights are held accountable,” said Tehmina Arora, Director, ADF India.