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Media are defenders of human rights.

Tuesday 24 November 2015, by SIGNIS

Nagpur, Brussels, November 24th, 2015 (Times of India/ Ruchika Sanghi/SIGNIS). "Media are playing a role of defender of human rights," said former judge of Supreme Court Justice Cyriac Joseph at ’Indian Society, Media and Challenges of Human Right: A Dialogue’, held at Nagpur University Ambedkar College of Law.

Highlighting the significant role of media in preventing violation of human rights, Joseph said media created awareness among people and exposed the breaches of rights. "Media not only motivate and empower victims to fight for their rights but also compel the authorities to act," he said. He added the essence of human rights was to secure dignity of an individual and it was the work of judiciary to uphold these laws. The legislature must ensure laws were efficiently enforced, he added.

Stating that 22% of the people in India were still Below Poverty Line (BPL), S C Sinha, a member of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), said, "It is unfortunate that every year, 6.3 crore people are shifting under BPL as they are deprived of basic amenities like sanitation, food, shelter and job opportunities. Basic needs should be provided to every citizen for their all-round development and enhancement of opportunities so that the prime aim of eradicating poverty can be fulfilled."

Vice-chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi University, Wardha, Girishwar Mishra, in his address explained how the media had reached and affected the common man. He stated, "There is a close relationship between media and human rights commission as media can influence the minds of the people and affect their thoughts, emotions and feelings. They have also made people aware of the wrong doings prevailing in our society."

Joint secretary of NHRC Ranjit Singh explained the three tenets of human rights. They were giving rights to self, equality among all, and respect for all humans. He also spoke about how dynamics of human rights had evolved and about collective rights that includes privacy, health, and freedom from hunger. Others present at the inaugural ceremony were SK Shukla, assistant director of NGRC, Puranchandra Meshram, registrar of Nagpur University, and principal of College Shrikant Komawar.

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