New Delhi: Any expansion, particularly of geographical boundaries, involves violation of human rights, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Wednesday, pointing out that India never believed in expansionism.
Addressing the 30th Foundation Day celebration of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in New Delhi, Dhankar said: “Any expansion, particularly of geographical boundaries, involves a violation of human rights of an extreme degree. This nation (India) has never done so,” reports news agency PTI.
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In his address, the vice president also stressed that human rights are quintessential for the flourishing of democracy. He urged every citizen to work for protection and promotion of human rights of others as “this is the safest guarantee of preservation of their own human rights,” an official statement said.
Observing that neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim, the Vice President emphasised that in case of decimation of human rights, we must take sides.
“Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. In such a scenario there is no option but to be proactive and we must interfere,” he added.
He also underlined that the poor and vulnerable people’s human rights get easily compromised in the face of corruption.
The event was attended by Justice Arun Mishra, Chairperson, NHRC, judges of the Supreme Court, diplomats from various countries and representatives of UN agencies.