The price of human rights

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"This much anticipated meeting comes at a key moment, as we celebrate Human Rights Day and reflect on the 35 anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms".

How can Human Rights exist when alternative economic and social models are sabotaged by the lobbies which dictate the policies of the FUKUS Axis (France-UK-US) as we saw in the case of the Jamahiriya in Libya which provided education, healthcare and housing and the highest Human Development Index in Africa, to be replaced with the chaos we see today?

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December - the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"The United States, while offering a series of human rights protections, still has a lot of work to do in order to remedy all abuses in the country and overseas", says Fait Muedini, an associate professor of International Studies at Butler University.

Noting the threats to the legacy of the Universal Declaration, he warned: "If we let our commitment to uphold human rights drift - if we turn aside when they are abused - they will slowly shrivel and die". "We must organize, mobilise in defence of human decency, in defence of a better common future".

The words Anne Frank wrote in this room still remind us to cherish and defend human rights.

The EU, a political and economic union of 28 member states, also laid emphasis on the respect and promotion of human rights and democracy.

"At the same time, we should be under no illusions: the legacy of the Universal Declaration is facing threats on many fronts". The NHRC, like most of the human rights institutions in the world, is a recommendatory body as per the Protection of Human Rights Act passed by Parliament. The government should take adequate measures to prevent human rights violation and to deliver legal assistance to the victims of any kind of violence. In July 2015, the African Union Assembly declared 2017-2026 as "the Human and People's Rights Decade", and is in the process of adopting its Ten Year Human Rights Action Plan. We can plan activities and events to strengthening the movement for ensuring human rights for all. "The imperialist countries like U.S., Britain and France opposed the call of socialist countries for including rights to labor and rest and social security in the World Declaration of Human Rights, but tried to include the contents of bourgeois human rights documents like the American Declaration of Independence and French Declaration of Human Rights in the World Declaration of Human Rights". The UDHR empowers us all and we must use it for our rights.