International Human Rights Day 2022, on the theme ‘Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All’ was observed in a grand manner at District Library Auditorium Hall here on Saturday.
The observation was attended by retired Justice Aftab Hussain Saikia, former chairperson of the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC), who graced the occasion as the chief guest in the present of PJP Hanaman, member of the MHRC, T Lyngwa, secretary of the MHRC, Deputy Commissioner Arpit Upadhyaya and three resource persons who were Umeshwari Dkhar, Assistant Professor of Shillong Law College, Nitin Khera, Advocate at the High Court of Meghalaya and CM Adhikari, president of the Ri-Bhoi Bar Association.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Saikia expressed his happiness to be part of such an important programme. He said that Human Right Day is observed every year on December 10 and this year 2022 has been recognized as the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) since its inception in 1948.
He said that human rights are the rights we have simply because we exist as human beings and he also stressed on the theme of the year “dignity, freedom and justice for all” saying that dignity signifies the honour and respect to others, freedom means the ability to do or obtain of certain aims and the ability of being free from any constraint whereas justice signifies a just and fairness.
Dkhar also lectured on the topic ‘Role of Judiciary in Protecting Human Rights’, while Khera delivered his speech on the topic ‘Commission Established, What Next?’ and Adhikari spoke on the topic ‘Police Procedures and Human Rights’.