Peace Channel Dimapur on 10th December 2014 commemorated Human Rights Day under the theme “Respect Human Rights for Peace,” at Christ Hall, Holy Cross Higher Secondary School Dimapur. Rev. Fr. Chacko, Rector, Good Shepherd Seminary graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. In his message he encouraged Peace Channel for bringing the youth and the children for coming together to create awareness and promotion Human Rights. Assessing the contribution of the Nobel peace winners Ms. Malala Yousufzai and Kailash Sathyarthi said that they could bring changes in the society. We need to follow their footprints to bring changes in our state Nagaland, by standing for the rights of children and people in Nagaland. In his message he quoted Malala "One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” He also said that we all want peace and all talks about peace and peace is possible but there are certain percent of people who interprets religion, law, customs according to their personal agenda thus depriving people of their basic human rights and peace. He also said that even if the laws and customs were set before, we should ask ourselves whether these laws and customs are still applicable in this present scenario. He stressed that we should stand on what we really believe in.
The Keynote address was given by Rev. Fr. C P Anto, Director, Peace Channel Nagaland in his message he quoted Mahatma Gandhi saying “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” Citing the example of violation of human rights, like child labour, trafficking of women and children, lack of food security, lack of rights to free education and midday meal, disappearance of persons, violation of Human rights due to alcoholic and drug abuse, prostitution, probity in public life, corruption, violence etc., are increasing in Nagaland. According to NCRB (National Crime Record Bureau) report 2012, Nagaland has been categorised as the “safest State for women,” even as the national statistics for 2012 and 2013 indicates that crimes against women have increased in the country. But today the crime rate in Nagaland is gradually increasing along with hike in HIV/AIDS infected persons. According to NSACS statistics are very shocking in Nagaland. In 2011 there were 3807 infected persons, it was 4610 in 2012, 2013 it went up to 5561 and in Sept 2014 it reached 6368, in May alone there were 168 infected people were diagnosed in Dimapur alone.
Every year the Human Rights Day is observed on 10th of December across the world. He also explained its meaning ‘Human Right’ means right to life, liberty, equality and the dignity of an individual irrespective of caste, creed or sex. Human rights are always natural. So these need to be protected for peaceful existence of human life. The present political and social environment shows the vertical erosion in the standards of fundamental human rights. Thus, here is the need for celebrating and creating massive awareness about Human Rights education in our educational institutions and communities. He also briefed the history of Human rights day.
Miss Menguzenuo Sachu, Kohima District Coordinator of Peace Channel, gave a short message on the importance of United Nation Convention on the Rights for Children. In her message, she brought out the rights that the children are entitled under the Convention. The Children have the right to enjoy and use their rights to their advantage for protection, development, survival and right to life. They have their right to practice these rights without any discrimination.
Rev. Fr. Mathew John T. director Shalom in his message exhorted the participants a special way of celebrating Christmas by respecting and accepting all people irrespective of caste, color, creed and sex. God’s image is present in all human beings. Human rights is the rights of all people. We need to stop all forms of discriminations. It should begin in our own homes. He also told the youth to be the guard of Human rights.
Various special presentation were presented by students of different schools from Dimapur. The Program was chaired by Mr. Weche and Ms. Judith. Rev. Deacon Charles Phom invokes God’s blessing for the program and Miss Anishe Yeptho gave the word of welcome. The vote of Thanks was proposed by Mr. Khrielekho Neihu.