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Violations continue despite 70 years of human rights

Summary

  • Event commemorating 70th anniversary of human rights highlights violations of religious freedom in India
  • I’m Human, Right? campaign urges international community to take action and citizens to no longer be silent

NEW DELHI (23 November 2018) – On 22 November, ADF International, in association with its allies, hosted an event to celebrate the 70 year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event highlighted the I’m Human, Right? campaign which calls governments from all over the world to preserve human dignity and protect human rights. The discussion highlighted violations of human rights and particularly freedom of religion across India.

“Make no mistake, by taking 31 years to punish the guilty, our justice system failed all of the victims and each one of us,” said keynote speaker Ms. Rebecca M. John, Senior Counsel, speaking on the Hashimpura massacre in 1987. Her talk was on the topic of “Human rights, freedom of religion and criminal law” with a particular focus on India. Participants of the event included a number of legal professionals, social activists, and reputed members of Indian civil society who called on the government to fulfill its role in reaffirming innate human dignity.

I’m Human, Right?

“I hope the I’m Human, Right? campaign will draw attention to the violations of basic fundamental freedom faced by religious minorities, especially Christians across the country. We encourage the fellow citizens to no longer be silent on these issues and ensure those who continue to violate fundamental human rights are held accountable,” said Tehmina Arora, Director, ADF India.

ADF International’s I’m Human, Right? campaign urges the international community and the United Nations to uphold the right to life, to family, and to religious freedom as was originally intended by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

ADF International’s I’m Human, Right? campaign urges the international community and the United Nations to uphold the right to life, to family, and to religious freedom as was originally intended by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This will be presented to the United Nations General Secretary in the form of The Geneva Statement with supporting signatures. ADF International issued an open letter to the General Secretary with The Geneva Statement enclosed. So far, individuals from over 170 countries have signed in support.

Events Commemorating 70th anniversary

In the run-up to 10 December and in commemoration of the Universal Declaration, ADF International is hosting and participating in various events highlighting the I’m Human, Right? campaign and The Geneva Statement. They are taking place in Brussels (28 November), Geneva (3 December), and New York City (4 December).

Find The Geneva Statement here and the open letter to the Secretary General here.

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