Where we stand on 70thHuman Rights Day?

10th December 2018 marks 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stands for equality, justice and humans rights.

While it is considered a milestone in human history, today on its 70th anniversary, it is worth looking where we stand in terms of human rights.

In the past couple years, human rights violations have reached to their peak. While social media was increasingly used to highlight such cases, the main stream media of most countries remained silent.

2018 marked a number of ups and downs for human rights activists
 in Pakistan. Starting with protests for missing persons in Balochistan, to thousands of people gathering in rallies and protests to draw attention to the plight of the Pashtun people from Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Waziristan. Though, both movements yet face challenges but they continue their efforts to fight human rights violations.

On the other hand, Amnesty International’s report on Human Rights presents a horrifying picture of human rights violation around the world. Starting with Yemen, four years of a major conflict and the blockade imposed by Saudi-led coalition had shattered access for people’s basic needs, including food and water. Thousands of children under 5 have died and millions are at the risk of starvation.

Meanwhile Turkey’s crackdown on journalists, activists and human rights defenders continues. With the murder of Saudi activist, journalist and Saudi government-critic Jamal Kashoggi, fear around both Turkey and Saudi Arabia increased.

Just close to Turkey, in Syria human rights violations continue to grow as the allied forces carry on attacking civilians. Thousands have lost their lives and thousands are yet at risk.

The security operation in Myanmar as the UN describes is targeting Rohingya Muslims as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Started last year, the crisis continues to the date.

Unpaid labour, human trafficking, sexual abuse, discrimination, enforced disappearances and systematic torture are at peak throughout the world even after 70 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To achieve the target of a world without human rights violation,all the countries of the world will have to join hands to fight each kind of violation regardless of their economic greed, imagined “self-defense”  or any other reason.

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