International Human Rights Day

By Vasinatta Yama – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Today is International Human Rights Day. And, it also happens to be the 50th Anniversary of two of the three important universal declarations of Human Rights.

The day’s message was for Papua New Guineans to reflect on freedom, which is the foundation for development and security.

This year’s theme is ‘Our Future. Our Freedoms. Always’.

Stakeholders who attended the event urged Papua New Guineans to know their rights.

The rights for children to go to school, the right to move freely, the right to say or do things freely and many more.

Deputy Secretary for the Department of Justice and Attorney General, Nichodemous Mosoro, said that PNG should not be over regulated.

He said more laws are created when people have failed their obligations to respect human rights.

The world is currently facing a humanitarian crisis.

Government officials say that Papua New Guineans are taking human rights for granted.

Despite that, the government has gone ahead in signing a number of International Conventions on Human Rights.

One that was launched today is the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Many international communities are fleeing their countries from terrorism, war and the likes.

For PNG, it is mostly the fight of freedom of all forms of violence against women and children.

PNG’s partners have promised to support this fight.

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