The promise of dignity and equality in rights, has been under a sustained assault in recent years We need to renew the social contract between Government and people so as to rebuild trust
We need to find a new energy that motivates young people, Speakers
Associated Press Service
ISLAMABAD: December 10, 2022: Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court on Saturday said though human rights were recognised as fundamental rights in the Constitution and Article 25 gave the right of education to both boys and girls, over 1,000 attacks were made on educational institutions in the country in three years.
He was speaking at a national seminar held at the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) female campus in collaboration with the Parliamentarians Commission for Human Rights (PCHR) in connection with International Human Rights Day.
The day themed as ‘Dignity, freedom and justice for all’ was observed across the globe on Saturday.
Justice Isa said Islam was an inclusive and non-discriminatory religion, adding that ignorant men dominate women.
Says ignorant men dominate women “The holy Quran says men are protectors of women. Islam is the best example of giving dignity, freedom and justice to the humanity, irrespective of their caste, creed and colour,” he said.
Justice Qazi Isa was the chief guest while Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court Syed Mohammad Anwar, Minister for Safron Mohammad Talha Mehmood and Federal Ombudsperson Kashmala Khan also attended the event, said a statement issued by the university.
In his opening remarks, PCHR Executive Director Mohammad Shafique Chaudhry said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was as relevant now as it was on the day in 1948 when it was proclaimed and adopted by the UN.
He said there was a dire need to pay heed towards the protection of human rights. He opined that academic institutions can play a pivotal role in disseminating awareness for protection of human rights.
The Federal Shariat Court chief justice said the universal declaration of human rights was a comprehensive draft having 30 articles and recognised by the Constitution of Pakistan as well.
“We have to be objective, we have to discuss the shortcomings along with the achievements as a nation. The Federal Shariat Court has declared that the domestic violence law does not have any clause contrary to the Islamic teachings.”
Domestic violence is an unethical and inhuman activity that should be ended in Pakistan. Human rights and Islam complement each other. In Islam, domestic violence is prohibited as it teaches that women should be treated with care and respect,” he said.
The minister for Safron said safety of women should be ensured in the country.
“Islam is the religion of peace and prosperity which gives women freedom and dignity. They had participated in wars, bear the burden of economic activities as well.”
Education is the most important source to bring change in a positive manner. The government is trying to ensure effectiveness of institutions by giving them standard training, he added.
The federal ombudsperson stated that people should have awareness regarding their rights and laws.
Dr Rahim Awan, director general Legal Aid and Justice Authority, said there was 1,500-year-old declaration of human rights in the form of Khutba Hujatul Wida and the West adopted the same traits in the form of International Declaration of Human Rights.
IIUI female campus Vice PresidentDr Samina Malik said students from 40 countries were acquiring quality education at the university.
She said the university was on the path of development under a newly-prepared strategic plan.
Dr Farkhanda Zia, director general Shariah Academy, IIUI, said every human being should respect the other human being.
This was the summary of the text of the participants of the event that it is absolutely clear that we need to regain the universality of human rights, the indivisibility of human rights, and we need to find a new energy that motivates young people around the world.
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 (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.
2022 Theme: Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All: This year’s Human Rights Campaign was about this that join us for a year-long campaign to promote and recognise the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be celebrated on 10 December 2023. Ahead of this milestone, starting on this year’s Human Rights Day on 10 December 2022, we will launch a year-long campaign to showcase the UDHR by focusing on its legacy, relevance and activism.
In the decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become more recognised and more guaranteed across the globe. It has since served as the foundation for an expanding system of human rights protection that today focuses also on vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and migrants.
However, the promise of the UDHR, of dignity and equality in rights, has been under a sustained assault in recent years. As the world faces challenges new and ongoing – pandemics, conflicts, exploding inequalities, morally bankrupt global financial system, racism, climate change – the values, and rights enshrined in the UDHR provide guideposts for our collective actions that do not leave anyone behind.
The year-long campaign seeks to shift the needle of understanding and action towards greater knowledge of the universality of the UDHR and the activism associated with it.
The UDHR enshrines the rights of all human beings. From the right to education to equal pay, UDHR established for the first time the indivisible and inalienable rights of all humanity.
As a “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”, the UDHR is a global blueprint for international, national, and local laws and policies and a bedrock of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development explicitly recognizes it is grounded in UDHR and has to be implemented in a manner that realizes human rights.
The UDHR has inspired many struggles for stronger human rights protection and helped them to be more recognized.
In the (nearly) 75 years since the proclamation of the UDHR, human rights have advanced. However, progress does not mean the fight for rights and equality ever ends.
Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk. The solutions to today’s greatest crises are rooted in human rights.
Rights violations reverberate across borders and across generations. These can be, must be, collectively overcome
We need to stand up for our rights and those of others. The UDHR calls upon everybody to stand up for human rights. We all have a role to play.
We need an economy that invests in human rights and works for everyone. We need to renew the social contract between Governments and their people and within societies, so as to rebuild trust and embrace a shared and comprehensive vision of human rights on the road to a just and sustainable development