New Delhi is hosting an international conference on human rights concerns of Indian Diaspora on 24 and 25 February.
Hosted byÂ Human Rights DefenceÂ India (HRDI), aÂ New Delhi-based organisation,Â the conference on â€˜Human Rights Concerns of IndianÂ Diasporaâ€™, will be inaugurated by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living Foundation. Â He has also co-founded the International Association forÂ Human Values which has worked in conflict-prone countries across the world fosteringÂ interfaith harmony.
There are cases where Indian migrants are denied the basic human rightÂ of equality, social justice and human dignity, says a statement by the organisers.
“They are being constantly discriminated inÂ Caribbean and Gulf countries and various Western nations among others. Their rightsÂ to follow religion and language, which are the essential carriers of our culture, haveÂ often been denied.
HRDI Secretary General Rajesh Gogna says there is a need to formulateÂ a comprehensive policy on human rights concerns of the Diasporic community membersÂ and cultivate an informed interest in it.
“There is also a pressing need for theÂ creation of an effective coordinating mechanism for addressing the routine DiasporaÂ affairs and to achieve international consensus on a more rational approach to migrationÂ and migrants.
Gogna says the conference hopes to provide an opportunity to sit for some hotÂ debates, and to reach each other to discover new identities,Â deeper connectivity, and explore synergies.
Gouri Shankar Gupta, an educationist and social reformer, will be the chief guest for theÂ conference. Additional Solicitor General of India A S Chandhiok, Bangladeshi humanÂ rights lawyer Ravinder Ghosh, Dr. Richard Benkin of Harvard University, P WaythaÂ Moorthy of HINDRAF and Datuk Vithilingam of Malaysia are among some of theÂ speakers for the conference.
Conferred with the prestigious â€˜Sikh of the Year 2010â€™ Award, Chandhiok, aÂ humanitarian, has worked for the betterment of the society and has arranged specialÂ treatments for the lower strata of the society by providing means to run charitableÂ clinics.
Ravinder Ghosh, a well-known human rights activist and lawyer in Bangladesh hasÂ worked to bring before the UN stories of human rights violation in Bangladesh. He isÂ also the president of Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM).
Dr. Benkin is an independent human rights activist who has worked towards theÂ correction of injustices worldwide. Â Waytha Moorthy is a Malaysian lawyer of Tamil origin who has fought for the humanÂ rights concerns of Malaysian Hindus. Datuk Vithilingam is the president of MalaysiaÂ Hindu Sangam Association.