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Human rights are indispensable

Dec 14, 2009, 1:14 PM

As the world marks yet another Human Rights Day, we remind our readers of the significance of human rights as inalienable and indispensable rights of all, regardless of creed, race, tribe, religion, etc.

These rights are basic "Right" rights and "Freedom" (political) freedoms to which all "Humans" humans are entitled to have, irrespective of anything.

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights reads: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

In his message to mark the day, the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon said: "No country is free of discrimination. We see it everywhere in many forms: old and new, covert and blatant, public and private. It may appear as institutionalised racism, as ethnic strife, as episodes of intolerance and rejection, or as an official national version of history that denies the identity of others."

He further stated that "Discrimination targets individuals and groups that are vulnerable to attack: the disabled, women and girls, the poor, migrants, minorities, and all those who are perceived as different." This is absolutely right.

We therefore call on all and sundry to join the UN and human rights defenders around the world in the fight against discrimination.

The message of the UN boss on Human Rights Day which is being observed on 10 December 2009 should serve as hope for all victims of discrimination.

"The United Nations is standing with them, committed to defending the rights of all, particularly the most vulnerable.  That is our identity and our mission," he noted.

The international human rights community continues to counter bias and hatred. Public awareness has led to global treaties offering legal protection from discrimination and unequal treatment.

As he put it, we must continue to confront inequality and intolerance wherever they are found. This is very fundamental and we must work for it.

We are convinced that every person in this world must have the rights to his or her fundamental human rights.

God, the Almighty Allah has stated in the scriptures that it's incumbent on us as human beings to respect and give each others’ due. Infact, human rights are fundamental characteristics of good governance.

By doing so, we give others the rights to exist in this world, thus enjoy their God-given rights.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life,liberty,and the pursuit of happiness."

Thomas Jefferson