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India, other Asia-Pacific nations civilisational protectors of human rights, says President

President Droupadi Murmu Wednesday said that India and other Asia-Pacific nations were civilisational protectors of human rights who could play a role in attaining a consensus on international issues.

Murmu was speaking after inaugurating the two-day conference organised the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at Vigyan Bhawan.

The conference of the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) was organised in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Forum.

Murmu further mentioned India adopted a universal adult franchise right after gaining independence.

Among other speakers were NHRC chairperson Justice Arun Mishra, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institution (GANHRI) secretary Amina Bouayach and Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions Chairperson Mr Doo-Hwan Song.

In the keynote address, Mishra spoke of the need for NHRIs of the Asia-Pacific to formulate a joint strategy to solve challenges in areas of climate change, child trafficking, Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) and other crimes in cyberspace, the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence, among others.

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He also spoke about the concentration of global wealth in a few hands.

Misra further pitched for a rights-based approach to be adopted in matters of essential health issues, and intellectual property rights. He also spoke about ensuring gender justice for women and LGBTQI community.

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On the other hand, Bouayach said NHRIs were critical for promoting and protecting human rights in challenging times of poverty, discrimination and shrinking civic space.

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