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‘DECLARE DEC 9 AS HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER DAY’ Thursday, 23 April 2015 | PNS | BALANGR | in Bhubaneswar;

News in Englishdaily the Pioneer
Thursday, 23 April 2015 | PNS | BALANGR | in Bhubaneswar
National Human Rights Commission Secretary Anil Prarshar has urged the United Nations (UN) to declare December 9 as Human Rights Defender Day to recognise the effort of human rights defenders in defending victims of rights violation.
It would be pertinent to mention here that the United Nation has declared December 10 to be observed as International Day for Human Rights. The date is also known as the Human Rights Day which is celebrated to protect and preserve rights of people across the globe.
 “Over the years there have been violations of human rights on many times and those who fight for protection of rights, known as human rights defenders, are facing a lot of troubles. While raising voice for the protection and promotion of human rights of fellow citizens, the rights defenders also sometimes become victims of rights violations,” said Parasar in an informal chat with this correspondent. To protect the human rights defenders, the NHRC has a dedicated telephone number to take cognizance of issues relating to their rights violations.
The NHRC comes out with a series of recommendations for implementation by the respective Governments at Centre and State level. Moreover, in 2013 the NHRC had also written letters to the States with an aim to sensitize various functionaries about the problems being faced by NGOs and human rights defenders so as to treat them as partners, said Parashar further. The NHRC treats human rights defender as equal partners in its endeavour towards promotion and protection of human rights, he said.

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