ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said the government stands committed to protect the human rights under the articles of the Constitution and the UN Declaration of Human rights.
The President in a message on International Human Rights Day urged the government, civil society, NGOs and the private institutions to fortify their efforts for establishing a just and tolerant society by ensuring respect for human rights and dignity.
The President said observance of International Human Rights Day was to reiterate the pledge to continue working for an environment where social, economic, cultural, political and other rights of every individual were firmly upheld and protected without any distinction, discrimination or inequality.
He said Human Rights were the basic values that societies live by, which find their origin in the world’s great religions and philosophies.
He said the theme for World Human Rights Day 2013, “20 Years: Working for your Rights”, marks the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VPDA). He said the mandate of the U.N Proclamation for Human Rights, simultaneously also
emphasizes on identifying the challenges that lie ahead.
“Let us reiterate our pledge as conscientious and responsible society to contribute individually as well as collectively in putting an end to all challenges and factors that endanger and jeopardize basic rights of the individuals.”
President Mamnoon Hussain said “we need to augment efforts to protect vulnerable sections of the society and to provide them with legislative, administrative, institutional and infrastructural support to enable them lead a happy and healthy life.”
The President commended the United Nations for observing this day globally and also paid homage to all those who have suffered in the course of the struggle for human rights.