From Our Bureau
Shillong, Aug 22: The Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) in collaboration with the East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner, Khliehriat organised a one-day awareness programme on human rights for secondary and college students at the Khliehriat Higher Secondary School on Tuesday.
The main aim of the programme was to sensitise the youth about the importance of human rights.
MHRC Member PJP Haman informed the gathering that Meghalaya is the third State of the Northeast, after Assam and Tripura, to have a State human rights commission, which has been constituted in order to safeguard the rights of every individual. He also stressed on basic rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – of the people.
He said the Commission inquires suo motu or on a petition presented before it by a victim or any person on his behalf or on a direction or order of the court, in complaint against violation of human rights or abetment or negligence in protection of such. He also said the main aim of the Commission is to safeguard the rights of every individual in all respects.
MHRC Secretary Aldous Mawlong enlightened the students on the Right to Liberty, Equality and Dignity. He also said these rights are enshrined in the Constitution of India to safeguard the citizens from any violation of human rights.
Speaking on the occasion, Advocate N Sarkar said the rights have been constituted for the welfare of individuals in the country. He also said that according to the constitution the right to live is one of the most important rights as it indicates the freedom of the person to exercise according to his liberty. He also urged all the citizens of the district to respect every fellow citizen’s rights as embodied by the constitution of the country for the development of everybody.
Police Inspector S Sangma also spoke on the occasion and urged the people not to be afraid of the police. He said the job of the police is to maintain law and order and not to create any ill-feelings among the public. He said the police are giving their services for the betterment of the society as a whole.
East Jaintia Hills district Additiol Deputy Commissioner SS Syiemlieh delivered a welcome address while Additiol Deputy Commissioner RS Manner offered the vote of thanks.