Message from Mr. Justice H.L. Dattu, Chairperson, NHRC, India on the eve of Human Rights Day-2017 (09.12.2017)
New Delhi, 9th December, 2017
"Tomorrow on the 10th December is Human Rights Day. It is observed and celebrated on this day to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Day reminds us that human rights are our basic rights. These include our right to live with liberty, equality and dignity, our right to health, education, freedom of speech and thoughts.
The occasion provides us an opportunity for re-motivating ourselves to use our freedom to stand up not only for the protection of our rights but also of others. If we follow our duties as a citizen, our human rights will automatically get protected. And for this, we must, first, remember to respect the rights of others. We must ensure that in exercise of our freedom we do not violate others' lawful and natural rights. I am sure, many incidents of human rights violations, which we witnessed in the past, may have not happened, if we were little careful on these counts.
The Preamble of the Constitution of India and the Articles relating to the Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles of State Policy make the protection of human rights a Constitutional obligation for the citizens as well as the governments elected by them.
The National Human Rights Commission, India, mandated for the promotion and protection of human rights, has entered the 25th year of its existence on the 12th October, 2017.
On the eve of Human Rights Day, the Commission rededicates itself to continue this mission, as per its mandate, to raise concerns on any action, policy or law, which impinge on human rights in the country. To this effect, the interventions of the Commission should not be seen and sought to be interpreted having an adversarial role to the functioning of governments. The interventions of the Commission should, in fact, be seen and supported only as guidance towards ensuring good governance for which, the State has a Constitutional obligation.
Let us join hands to create a society in which human rights of all are valued and protected in our great nation.