International Human Rights Day observed
CM urges public to read Article 19(2) of the Indian Constitution
IMPHAL | Dec 10
The annually held International Human Rights Day which is to be commemorated this year as the 71st International Human Rights Day on December 10 was observed with the theme ‘Stand up for human rights.
As observed in different part of the world, Manipur Human Rights Commission in an association with United NGO’s Mission, Manipur, Human Rights Alert, Human Rights Law Network, United Voluntary Youth Council observed the International Human Rights Day at 1st MR Banquet hall.
Speaking on occasion, chief minister, N. Biren urged the people of Manipur to read clause (2) of Article 19 of Indian Constitution, as people are already familiar about Article 19 (1) of the Indian Constitution. They should read the article so that people should become aware that under Indian law, freedom of speech and of the press does not confer an absolute right to express one’s thoughts freely, he said.
Article 19(2) enables the legislature to impose certain restrictions on free speech, he further said adding government officials are also human beings and they also have same rights which are given to the general public.
He said, “We used to have a society that practices a culture of respecting our elders a lot. But today, it seems our decency and morals are vanishing. To prevent from any kind of unwanted incidents in future particularly while uploading statuses, posts and comments in social media sites, there is a need to make a suitable law to restore that cultured society.”
Commenting on bandh and blockades, he expressed that he noticed the people’s response against bandhs while he went out for survey in the morning today, that people came out and continued their routine work in market and work places, he added.
He further stated that he himself witnessed the people’s response against the bandh called by 2013 batch police constable candidates against the delayed result of their interview. It is one of government’s achievements that people now have realised about disadvantages of bandh, he added.
He also mentioned that State is working hard to announce the result of the 2013 cop aspirants. The Government received High court’s directives only a few days back, he said adding the directives of High Court cannot be taken lightly.
Mentioning about restoration of Kangla fort, some organisation have come out with misconceptions, he said. Government also wants to keep history, and History will not be changed. The purpose of Restoring Kangla is only to keep Kangla clean by maintaining its specific history, he added.
He appealed for co-operation from judiciary-legislative-executives while citing that sometimes, when government starts initiating work like on national highway road development work, the direction of judiciary puts a halt on the work and delays on the development. In the interest of State, let us discuss if certain matters come up with the judiciary before direction. He further appealed to make a forum to discuss such matter with judiciary-legislative-executive.
He also assured for looking into staff and shortage of infrastructure at Manipur Human Right Commission.
Giving presidential speech on the observation, acting chairperson of MHRC, Khaidem Mani said that United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948 and it is observed every year as Human Rights Day globally.
The day is celebrated to generate awareness about human rights and its importance among the people, he said. In Manipur, after the enactment of Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, the State government had established the MHRC by virtue of sec.21 of the act on June 21, 1998, he informed.
He further informed that the first commission had been functioning till 2003, second commission from May 5, 2005 till May 9, 2010. After a gap of long years, MHRC was reconstituted for the third time in this current year. He assumed the office as member of commission on August 30 2018 and he has been working as acting chairperson from the same day onwards, he added.
The occasion was also attended by Law and Legislative Affairs minister, L. Jayentakumar and police personnel’s, advocates, human rights defenders, members of Manipur Women Commission.
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