Human Rights Day is being observed in the country like elsewhere in the world marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10 in 1948.
This year, the Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently 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, according a message of the United Nations (UN) issued ahead of the day.
Different organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and UN Secretary-General Ant›nio Guterres issued messages on the eve of the day and wished success of all the programmes.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the constitution of Bangladesh ensures all internationally recognised human rights.
The government has constituted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) aiming at protecting the rights of all and developing the human rights at all levels, he said, adding that as an independent and neutral body, the NHRC is playing an active role in protecting human rights.
This year, Bangladesh was elected a member of UN Human Rights Council for three years, the President said. “I think it is an international recognition to Bangladesh’s efforts of protecting human rights in the country.”
Bangladesh has earned appreciation in protecting human rights by providing shelter to a huge number of forcefully displaced Rohingya people from Myanmar on humanitarian grounds, Abdul Hamid said.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was conferred with the prestigious ‘International Achievement Award’ and ‘2018 Special Distinction Award for Outstanding Achievement’ for making the unique example of humanity.
The President expressed his optimism that all concerned and government and non-government institutions, including the NHRC, will continue efforts to raise awareness about human rights and ensure a smooth way of getting justice for the victims in case of violations of human rights.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated her government’s commitment to upholding the human rights, saying “We enacted the National Human Rights Commission Act-2009 to realise our commitment to protecting and developing human rights in the country”.
Noting that the government has recruited 48 staff in the NHRC while process continues to recruit 40 more officials in the national rights body, she said the budgetary allocation was also increased for the commission.
This year, Sheikh Hasina said, Bangladesh has been elected the UN Human Rights Council member for three years.
She said Bangladesh has signed different international documents, including conventions on the rights of labour, children, women and people with disabilities, aiming to protect human rights. “We passed the ‘Labour (amended) Bill-2018′ in the parliament this year to protect the labours’ rights,” the Prime Minister added.
With BSS input