SHILLONG: Meghalaya observed International Human Rights Day for the first time this year on Monday at Yojana Bhawan in Shillong, which was attended by Governor Tathagatha Roy as the chief guest.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Governor said that when it comes to human rights of the people the enforcement agencies and forces have to exercise caution and also be responsible and accountable while performing their duties.
He, however, added that inaction on the part of these enforcement authorities amounts to violation of human rights.
In regards to the violation of human rights in the north-eastern region, the Governor referred to the long international boundary of the region which poses a challenge to the enforcement authorities who have to strike a balance unity and integrity of the country while keeping in mind that the human rights of the people are not violated.
He also said that human rights violations in the neighbouring countries have repercussions on this country as well.
The Governor also urged the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission (MHRC) to scale up its activities on various issues concerning human rights violations.
During his address he also paid tribute to the lesser known champions of human rights and made a call to address human rights violations through mandated mechanisms.