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‘Human rights must be protected at any cost’

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IMPHAL, Dec 12:  Human rights must be protected at any cost, principal of LMS Law College, Imphal Dr N Pramod asserted.

Talking to reporters on the sideline of a special talk on “Protection of Human Rights under the International Humanitarian Law” held at LMS Law College, Imphal today, Dr Pramod said that human rights should be protected at any cost even in times of crisis or conflict.

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Human rights should not be affected by conflict situations, he added, while stressing the need for making the younger generation well aware of the importance of human rights.

He said that every citizen should know how to protect their rights and properties under the relevant laws of the country.

The Law college principal then said that during a conflict or crisis situation, there seems to be no care of human rights. But, human rights continue to exist in any situation whether it may be in a normal situation or a conflict situation, he added.

Human rights cannot be violated and keeping this in mind, the LMS Law College hosted today’s event, he added.

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Dr N Pramod graced as dignitaries of the event in which former dean of Guwahati University Prof Romeshchandra Borpatragohaim talked as resource person on the theme.

Prof Romeshchandra said that everybody across the globe has equal rights with dignity.

“We have to equal rights, we all have the rights to expression and thought,” he said

In his lengthy deliberation on the evolution of human rights and the human rights situations in and around the world today, he stressed for the compliance of the international humanitarian laws in Manipur.

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He said that human rights violations in Manipur have been ravaged with armed conflict for the last seven decades.

Replying to a question from the audience, he urged all the stakeholders in the Manipur conflict to strictly abide by the Common Article 3 of the Four Geneva Conventions, 1949 to which India is a party.

He also expressed his views more particularly with the adherence to the (Indian) Geneva Conventions Act, 1960 by the Indian state.

He said that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights.

Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations, he reminded.

The fundamental human rights are to be universally protected, he added.

The former dean added that recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Principal Dr N Pramod of LMS Law College then stressed the need for bringing in the activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as put forward by the resource person. (NNN)



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