10 Dec : Human Rights Day

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Human Rights Day is marked annually on 10 December to commemorate the day in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A milestone document in the history of human rights, it sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

What is the theme for 2015?

The theme for Human Rights Day 2015 is “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always” – to mark the launch of a one-year campaign commemorating two international treaties adopted 50 years ago: Two Human Rights Covenants are the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, both adopted in 1966.

In 2015, the focus is on “freedoms” – recalling the four freedoms that underpin the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and two major human rights covenants, and first articulated in 1941 by President Franklin D Roosevelt in his “four freedoms speech” to the US Congress. The four freedoms are: freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want.

The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols.

Hasina is all praise for the counsellors. “But for their help, I would have taken out my son from his grave,” she said.

Her son’s killing shattered her. After burying her son, people left. A few relatives stayed back. Hasina could not sleep. She was restless.  Around midnight, she came out of her house and walked slowly to a tin shed in her backyard. Out she took a shovel and paused for a moment. She looked behind. Nobody had noticed her. She walked towards the graveyard. However, the village chowkidar (watchman) had seen her. He followed her silently. She was heading towards the graveyard. The watchman grew suspicious. He grabbed her hand. “Leave me. I want to see my son’s face.” She intended to dig her son’s grave to have a look at his face.

The watchman took her to her home and informed the inmates about her intentions. Frightened, they always watched her. But, she repeated the exercise three times. Fortunately every time she was prevented by her family members to reach the graveyard.

“Previously I would always think of my son. I felt a vacuum in my chest. My relatives did all to console me but my condition worsened with every passing day. Now I remain busy with the sheep.

 

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