Awareness of one’s rights
By: ATIF KHAN
When we look around us and see the world and its people celebrating Human Rights Day — the day that affirms those inalienable rights instituted in the UN Declaration of Human Rights — our urge to lose all hope is only human. The frequent alienation of the citizens of Pakistan from these very rights is evident in the genocide of Shia Muslims, destruction of Hindu temples, desecration of graves belonging to the Ahmedi community, acid burning of women, torture of journalists, widespread illiteracy and child labour.
These are just a few maladies that we routinely hear of. If we suceed in at least instilling the spirit of acquiring education in our upcoming generations and create opportunities in education for all, it will only be a matter of time before people begin to realise the value of the rights they can demand and who deserves to be elected. The people of Pakistan have been kept in a slumber as far as their rights are concerned for too long now. It is time they were educated about them so that they too can celebrate occasions such as Human Rights Day.