OHRC Observes Human Rights Day In Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the World on 10th December. 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 World-wide movement to protect such rights.

The Odisha Human Rights Commission observed the Day in the presence of more than 30 Law Interns at the OHRC campus on Friday. This year, the World Human Rights Day was celebrated at the Conference Hall of the Commission presided by Justice BK Patel, Chairperson, OHRC in the presence of Members Justice Raghubir Dash and Asim Amitabh Dash.

The OHRC has particular focus 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 stated.

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.

The commemorative meeting was attended by Pranabindu Acahrya, Additional DGP-cum-Director Investigation, Sunil Kumar Nayak, Secretary, Shankha Chakraborty, Registrar, Debijyoti Mohapatra, Assistant Registrar, Biswajit Chandra Barman, Deputy Secretary, Shaikh Abdul Karim, Additional SP, Satyanarayan Pradhan, DSP, OFERC and all other officers and Staff of the Commission along with more than 30 Law interns.

“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 2021, about 2,891 petitions have been received by the OHRC,” Secretary, OHRC stated.

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, interdependent and indivisible.

Following the coming into force of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, the National Human Rights Commission at the Centre and State Human Rights Commission in various states including our own State have been constituted.

“The Odisha Human Rights Commission was constituted by the Government on 27th January, 2000 under Sub-Sections I, 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 endeavourerd to discharge the responsibility casted 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 further stated.