Lahore: December 10, 2018. (PCP) Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) in collaboration with Global Human Rights Defense (GHRD) observed International Human Rights Day 2018 with Human Rights Defenders, women activists, political workers, social activists, lawyers, teachers, youth, representatives of civil society organizations and students who participated and shared their experiences and recommendations about this year's focuses theme on Article 1 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "All Human Beings are Born Free & Equal in Dignity and Rights".
Naveed Walter, President of Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) described the significance day is connection to a document called Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which was presented and accepted by all the members of United Nations on 10 December 1948, which is a most translated document of the world and used as a reference, that every human being is entitled of every human right regardless of their race, demography, language, birth, type of speech, gender, opinion, sect or caste, physical or mental disabilities etc., he added more.Naveed Walter said further that violations of human rights is mounting particularly of children, women and minorities, should be noticed by government and the discriminatory practices and laws should be revised which are contrary to human rights principals, specifically the abductions, forced conversions and forced marriages of Hindu and Christian girls are triggering indicators of worst human rights situation. Naveed Walter said, the Human Rights Defenders Network Faisalabad will be activated more by HRFP and volunteers on National level and we will invite to all Human Rights Defenders of Pakistan to come and join Network for the same joint cause, he added more.
The speakers Ms. Reema Bhatti (Helpline Desk HRFP), Ms Nusrat Samuel (Women Activist), Ms. Naseem Haroon (Political Worker), Ms. Minahil (Student), Ms. Suneeka (Beautician), Pastor Kanwal Sohail (Activist), Mr. Robin Daniel (Political Worker), Manzooran bibi (House Wife) Mr. James Lal (Educationist), Mr. Raja Thomas (Social Activist), Mr. Abrar Younas (Trade Union Activist), Mr. Ijaz Bhatti (Teacher), Ms. Martha Naveed (Women Coordinator HRFP), Mr. Shadman John (Program Coordinator HRFP) and others urged to government and authorities on 70th celebration of Human Rights day for the implementation of UDHR and consented to be united for raising voice, stepping ahead for achieving goals, contributing with commitment, performing duties and sensitization about rights and differentiations between desires. During event Ms. Shamim Younas (beautician), a victim of religious persecution shared her story also as she is having harassments. Her bold step was appreciated by participants that if everyone become courageous like Shamim Younas then the available resources and institutions like HRFP can make their role to provide services of legal aid, protections and other possible assistance; otherwise the victims who faced violations and kept silent, they cannot make a change in their lives, Naveed Walter added more.