Human Rights are those rights that belong to every individual – man or women, girl or boy, infant or elder – simply because she or he is a human being. They embody the basic standards without which people cannot realize their inherent dignity.
HDS firmly believes that Human Rights are universal: they are the birthrights of every member of the human family. No one has to earn or deserve human rights. We also believe that human rights are inalienable: you cannot lose these rights any more than you can cease to be a human being. Human rights are indivisible: you cannot be denied a right because someone decides that it is “less important” or “non-essential.” Human rights are interdependent: all human are part of a complementary framework.
Because human rights are not granted by any human authority such as monarch, government, or secular or religious authority, they are not the same as civil rights. Constitutional rights are granted to individuals by virtue of their citizenship or residence in particular country whereas human rights are inherent and held as attributes of the human personality.
Human rights are both abstract and practical. They hold up the inspiring vision of a free, just, and peaceful world and set minimum standards for how both individuals and institutions should treat people. They also empower people to take action to demand and defend their rights and the rights of others.
Some of the human rights related activities of HDS are described as under:
Violence against Women
HDS has a transformation process continued so in the same sequence we have also arranged a dialogue on “Legal rights of women” lawyers, women activists, CSO members, villagers and other notable were invited to debate on the topic that what should be done to protect the women rights and how to build pressure to government to abrogate all the ordinance/laws against women.
We are certain that if implemented the CEDAW convention on elimination of all discriminatory laws against women in Pakistan that is enough to raise the standard of women and quality of life as it gives ample power and authority and confidence to our suppress women to use their will and decisions according to their wish and to mobilize the masses to eliminate the Karo-Kari (So called Honour Killing) tradition where innocent women are killed on the pretext of karo-kari just to mint money or to gain personal benefits by the close relatives who pretend to be the most protective custodian of honour of our women.
Campaign for Abolition of Death Penalty
United Nations Resolution against the death penalty has been supported by a clear majority in each of the last three years (in 2010 the majority was 109 vs 41). However, a few – including China, the USA, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan – still regularly put people to death. Most countries have abolished the death penalty altogether; most others use it rarely if ever.
Abolitionists, object to the death penalty on one or more of the following grounds: (i) killing someone is always wrong, and two wrongs can never make a right; (ii) there is in fact no evidence of a deterrent effect; (iii) life without parole is just as effective a way to prevent someone re-offending as executing them; (iv) saving money can never be a justification for taking someone’s life; and finally, (v) mistakes are bound to happen, and that means people being put to death for a crime they didn’t commit (imagine if that were you or someone you loved).
HDS Pakistan is working for Abolition of Capital Punishment in the country. HDS has launched the campaign for abolition of death penalty on 10 October, 2010, the main objective of the organizing Public Awareness Sessions, Walks, Seminars and workshops in order to raise voice against this heinous punishment. To support the activities a printed materials i.e hand bills and posters were developed for general public information dissemination.