Below are the video messages on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights taken from the website of The May 18 Memorial Foundation. The message came from Gwangju Prize for Human Rights 2008 winner Mr. Muneer Malik of Pakistan and 2007 winner Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi of India.
Good day ladies and gentlemen!
While commemorating the Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights we must at the same time ask ourselves whether up to the passage of 60 years since the declaration; distinction of color, creed, sex, religious or social origin still impede the realization of the rights and freedom enshrined in the declaration? The answer unfortunately yes they do.
The gap between the rich and the poor and the developed and underdeveloped has only grown larger. Half of humanity comprising of women remain the victim of gender bias. They are by and large stereotyped to subordinate roles that deny them the right to realize their full potential in the world as human beings.
Equal pay for equal work is the exception not the rule. Torture and degrading punishments are yet to be banished. The right of a fair and impartial trial does not extend to every inhabitants of the world. The rights under articles 22 to 27 remain only on paper, much remains to be done.
On this day, let us recommit ourselves to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and pledge to work together for human rights, peace and democracy.
My name is Lenin. On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the most important thing for Asia – we have no equality and equity and no equal opportunity for women especially in the region in Asia.
What is provided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948; in our area there’s a lot of exploitation and attack on the Dalit women, domestic violence, killing of girl-children in the fetus.
The girl children has less educational opportunity they are not going to school but involved in siblings care. There’s child sexual abuse, rapes, assault on them. There’s lot of discrimination in the family, society, school and the workplace.
This is high time and right time on the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we take pledge and vote especially the men of the South Asia and the Asian Region. We will implement and make a reality the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the ground level for the women also who compose 50% of the population of the world. Then we will ensure rule of law and democracy especially participatory democracy in Asia.