Internationally, most countries agree that Human Rights must be guaranteed to everyone. That’s why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was passed by the United Nations General Assembly back in 1948 with no votes against it. Now, it’s 70 years later and it looks like India is still slacking on upholding a lot of the things outlined in the UDHR.
Here’s a list of things India needs to keep a watch on before it’s too late.
1. Expression: According to The Hoot’s annual Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression report says a lot about the climate of free speech in India. Watch our video for the key takeaways.
2. Dignity: Dignity in the most fundamental thing about human rights. Read our article to understand why.
3. Slavery: Did you know India has the most number of modern slaves in the world? Here’s why.
4. Citizens: Can you tell the difference between laws suggested by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and laws implemented by the Government of India. Take our quiz.
5. Anti-Culture: Culture can play a big hand in promoting human rights and what better way to do it than Bollywood. Our video tells you why Bollywood needs to be more proactive in this cause.
6. Discrimination: Discrimination against refugees is a global humanitarian problem, one that India contributes to as well. Here’s how.
7. By The State: The state is meant to protect out rights, but that’s not always the case. Here’s a bunch of examples to explain this.
8. Carnage: We’ve had a lot of incidents of genocide in the past – In the north (Jammu & Kashmir), south (Tamil Nadu), east (north eastern states) and west (Gujarat). But have we learnt from our mistakes? Here’s the answer.
9. Employability: The right to safe and beneficial employment is something all humans deserve But is India ready to provide it? Read our article to learn more.
10. Prevention Cure: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was set up to uphold the human rights of Indians, but it’s not as efficient as we’d like it to be, here’s why.
11. Life & Death: There is a strong link between life and death but it’s not what you think. See how here.
12. Age: There are 2 groups of people whose human rights are violated the most, mainly because they are dependents. But we’ve outlined some solutions for protecting the old and the young.
Check out the entire ‘Human Rights Watch’ collection here.