The MPHRC and the NES observed the International Human Rights Day in Meghalaya

Shillong, Dec 10: The Meghalaya Peoples Human Rights Council (MPHRC) while observing the  International Human Rights Day has strongly call upon the Government to  address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.

This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. “Every year human Rights day is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want, the need for solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity” said MPHRC.

“COVID-19 has zeroed in on the fissures and fragilities in our societies, exposing all our failures to invest in building fair and equitable societies. It has shown the weakness of systems that have failed to place a central focus on upholding human rights said MPHRC.

“Recent weeks have seen extraordinary progress in vaccine development. This is testimony to the ingenuity and determination of humans in a time of crisis. But vaccines alone cannot resolve the pandemic, or heal the damage it has caused. The Government need not only to distribute these vaccines equitably but they need to rebuild economies, repair the damage done by the pandemic, and address the gaps that it has exposed” said MPHRC Chairman Dino D. G Dympep.

“Today there is a vaccine to hunger, poverty, inequality, and possibly if it is taken seriously to   many other ills that face humanity. The name of that vaccine is human rights. Its core ingredients are embedded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose 72nd anniversary we celebrate today. The Universal Declaration is made actionable through the obligations that the Government has undertaken by ratifying the core Human Rights Treaties” said MPHRC.

“The Universal Declaration also gave birth to better protect the rights of all human beings aiming to tackle all forms of discrimination which lead to the greater inequalities, poverty and lack of development that have fed and fertilized the socio-economic devastation caused by COVID-19. The failure of the Government to invest sufficiently in universal and primary healthcare, in accordance with the right to health, has been exposed as extremely short-sighted” said MPHRC

“It has been shocking, but sadly not at all surprising, to see the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on individuals and groups who are marginalized and suffer discrimination. Over the past 11 months, the poor have become poorer, and those suffering systemic discrimination have fared worst of all” said MPHRC.

“Children in homes with limited or no Internet access or computer equipment have fallen behind in their education, or dropped out of it altogether, with girls especially badly affected. In terms of basic economic security, employment, education, housing and food, the pandemic is having a negative impact that is so vast and so wide-ranging it is almost impossible for us to grasp its enormity.

Had COVID-19 has very clearly demonstrated that inequalities and discrimination not only harm the individuals who are directly affected, and unfairly impacted – they create shock waves that ripple across the whole of society” said MPHRC.

The North East Solidarity today observed the International Human Right Day with the candle light at All Saint Cathedral Lawns by carrying placards where people from different organisation participated in the gathering under the leadership of Dr PBM Basaiawmoit.


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