UNITED NATIONS: Marking Human Rights Day, Pakistan reminded the world community of the right to self-determination of the people of India-occupied Kashmir and Palestine.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10, marking the day the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
The landmark declaration proclaims that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. It also states that everyone — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political views, national or social origin, property, birth or other status — is entitled to inalienable rights.
In his message on the occasion, Munir Akram, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, said the celebration of the day is “a reaffirmation of the basic values and principles of human rights — the right to life, dignity, equality, and development — which were proclaimed 73 years ago.
“Respect for these rights must be central in responding to the challenges of a global pandemic, the realisation of the SDGs, and climate change,” he said.
“On this day, the world cannot forget the rights of the peoples of Kashmir and Palestine to self-determination and freedom from brutal foreign occupation”.