India never believed in expansionism – Jagdeep Dhankhar


New Delhi: Any expansion, particularly of geographical boundaries, involves a violation of human rights, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Wednesday, noting that India never believed in expansionism.

Addressing the 30th Foundation Day celebration of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in New Delhi, Dhankar said, “Any expansion, especially of geographical boundaries, involves violation of human rights to an extreme degree. This nation (India) has never done that,” reports news agency PTI.

In his speech, the vice-president also emphasized that human rights are par excellence for the flourishing of democracy. He urged all citizens to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of others, as “this is the surest guarantee of preserving their own human rights,” an official statement said.

Observing that neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim, the vice-president has emphasized that in the event of a decimation of human rights we must take sides.

“Silence encourages the torturer, never the tormented. In such a scenario there is no other choice but to be proactive and we must intervene”, he added.

He also stressed that the human rights of poor and vulnerable people are easily compromised by corruption.

The event was attended by Justice Arun Mishra, Chairman NHRC, Supreme Court judges, diplomats from various countries and representatives of UN agencies.

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