Countries should protect human rights: India

India has said UN member countries should fulfil their obligations to protect human rights and eliminate policies that discriminate against women.

Updated: Jan 21, 2012, 13:55 PM IST

United Nations: Arguing that justice and rule of law are necessary pre-conditions for peace and development, India has said UN member countries should fulfil their obligations to protect human rights and eliminate policies that discriminate against women.
"As the world`s largest democracy and arguably one of its
most diverse countries, India firmly believes that the rule of
law is a necessary pre-condition for sustainable peace and
development in any society.

Indeed, justice and the rule of law are pre-conditions
for maintenance of peace and security at the international
level as well," India`s Permanent Representative to the UN
Hardeep Singh Puri said at an open debate on `Justice and Rule
of Law` here.

He said strengthening the rule of law at the national
level necessitates that UN countries fulfill their obligations
to observe and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms
for all.

Further, it is also necessary to eliminate policies and
practices that discriminate against women.
Countries should adopt laws and promote practices that
protect the rights of women and other vulnerable sections of
society and promote gender equality.

Puri said compliance with the rule of law standards not
only facilitates in resolving conflicts and achieving
stability and development in post-conflict situations, it also
helps underprivileged and other vulnerable sections of society
in getting justice, dignity and empowerment.

India supports activities of UN agencies in assisting
countries in conflict and post-conflict situations in building
their capacity to ensure justice and rule of law for all
sections of their societies.

PTI