18th December, 2002
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment


The National Commission for Minorities celebrated the Minority Rights Day here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, Justice Mohammed Shamim highlighted the importance of the day and the role of the Commission in protecting the rights of the minority communities and in bringing about better understanding among the various religious minority communities in India. Sardar Tarlochan Singh, Vice Chairman and other Members of the Commission also participated in the function.

It was on 18th December, 1992 that the United Nations adopted and promulgated the Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities declaring that :

"States shall protect the existence of the national or ethnic, cultural,

religious and linguistic identity of minorities within their respective

territories and encourage conditions for the promotion of that identity"

Accordingly, the National Commission for Minorities has been observing the 18th December as the Minorities Rights Day every year.

A special issue of the Commission's publication, namely "MINORITIES INDIA" was released by the Chairman on this occasion which highlighted the activities of the Third Statutory Commission of the National Commission for Minorities.

The Website of the Commission( http://ncm.nic.in ) was also launched today by the Hon'ble Chairman.


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