Bhubaneswar: Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the World on December 10. On this day in the year 1948, the General Assembly of United Nation adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every year since then, people around the Globe celebrate this Day as a reminder that all human beings are born with certain fundamental freedoms and inalienable rights.
Our country is a firm believer in this concept and eager participant in the worldwide movement to protect such rights. Human rights are the rights inherent to all human beings irrespective of our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.
These rights are all inter-related, inter-dependent and indivisible. Ever since the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 came into force, the National Human Rights Commission at the Centre and State Human Rights Commission in various states including Odisha have been constituted.
The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) was constituted by the Government on 27th January, 2000 under Sub-Sections 1, 2 and 4 of Section 21 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 for proper implementation and enforcement of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 in the State and the Commission started functioning from July 11, 2003.
“Since its inception in 2003, the Commission has endeavored discharge the responsibility tasted on it and to fulfill the aspirations with which it was created. With the passing of every year the conviction has grown in the Commission on the right to life with dignity and it has tried to address the issues that are responsible for the deprivation of these rights,” the OHRC stated.
The Commission has particular focused its attention on protecting those who cannot help themselves, whether children, women in distress, people in custody or under treatment, the elderly and infirm, the physically handicapped, the mentally challenged, the socially disadvantaged or those living with deadly diseases, the Commission added.
The Commission’s intervention has resulted in noticeable improvement in many illustrative areas where protection of human rights and fundamental freedom of individuals or groups are to be addressed. Human Rights Commission is meant to facilitate governance. It is there for the help of the administration and the people to achieve their social, economic and cultural rights, OHRC stated.
People are gradually coming to realize that violation of human rights is a matter which can be enquired into by the Human Rights Commission. This can be known from the fact that during the year 2020, as on December 12, 2020, about 3,419 petitions have been received by OHRC.
Keeping into view of the Global Pandemic COVID-19, the World Human Rights Day 2020 was celebrated on the premises of the Commission here today. Justice BK Patel, Chairperson, OHRC presided over the function in presence of Members OHRC Justice Raghubir Dash and Asim Amitabh Dash.
Among others, Binyanand Jha, Director Investigation, Sunil Kumar Nayak, Secretary, Shankha Chakraborty, Registrar, Debijyoti Mohapatra, Assistant Registrar, Biswajit Chandra Barman, Deputy Secretary, Shaikh Abdul Karim, Additional SP and all other officers and Staff of OHRC were present.