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Efforts needed to establish human rights

The Human Rights Day is being observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world today. Every human being is born in the world with some inherent rights such as right to life, right to property, right to freedom, right to education and right to health care etc. A state or a government is legally and morally obligated to uphold the rights. The government that fails to do so may appear as a tyrant or a dictator devoid of all human feelings.

The rights of an individual cannot be snatched away by applying force. When it occurs, it is clear violation of human rights. It is very unfortunate to note that violation of human rights is occurring both individually and collectively almost worldwide.

Absence of human rights gives rise to repression, suppression, tyranny and intimidation. These may create unrest and resentment among people. It may even end up in revolution and mass uprising. It is a very delicate issue that requires careful handling.  The governments of many countries that shout for establishment of human rights are themselves violators of the same.

Increasing incidents of abduction, murder and abuse of women and children in recent times have triggered concern in Bangladesh. Underprivileged children are exposed to harsh realities of life. They are compelled to work from very early age to eke out a living. Haunting experience of sexual abuse very often leaves them traumatized. They become victims of trafficking and other forms of violence and exploitation.   Many children grow up in slums and footpaths in the country, particularly in the capital, without any care and attention. Over the past few years the country saw a phenomenal increase in the number of street children with the rapid population growth.

There is no denying the fact that the state of human rights has improved in our country. But there is no room for expressing complacency. Much more should be done. Women and children must be freed from all sorts of cruelties and inhuman behaviours, violation, repression and deprivation.   All concerned including the government should strive to improve the human rights situation further in the country.   

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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