Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Dr. Lenin congratulates Muneer A Malik of Pakistan

Dr. Lenin Convener of Peoples Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) and winner of Gwangju Prize for Human Rights express his kind views to the winner of 2008, Advocate Munir Malik of Pakistan. Dr. Lenin said Ad. Malik deserves advocate of Pakistan who is struggling for the restoration of Judiciary in Pakistan.

Lenin''s Words for Muneer:

My heartily congratulation to advocate, Mr. Muneer A Malik for being awarded by 2008 Gwangju prize for Human Rights. Mr. Munir is an eminent lawyer who gave his valuable contributions being as a President of the Supreme Court Bar Association i.e. constitutional liberalism, human rights and rule of law, fundamental of democracy. I bestow my best wishes to Mr. Munir as he intended to use the prize money to "Save the Constitution and promote Democracy". I am very much agreed with his statement about the condition of Human Rights in Asia, the situation is Asia is far from desirable. We see an increasing tendency towards authoritarian rule, abuse of human rights, lack of access to justice, increasing poverty and inequality. These are issues that we need to mobilize public opinion and mass action. After watching the entire struggle of Mr. Munir and other eight lawyers I greet for their valuable contribution for restoration of democracy in Pakistan.

I appeal to him that he will concentrate on grass root restoration of democracy in Pakistan i.e. elimination of caste based patriarchal feudal society and establishment of rule of law and participatory democracy in sustainable way.

Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi is the symbol of resistance to millions of Dalits fighting for dignity in India. Lenin is credited with changing the discourse on Dalit Politics in India and bringing into focus an innovative "people centric" approach to reclaim "human dignity" in a caste ridden Indian society. The gamut of Lenin's activities reflects his personal and ideological span and provides credibility and a sense of completeness to the work he does. His care for details, meticulous planning, diligent patience, and sincere advocacy of the issue of the marginalized, has made millions of his supporters optimistic about a dignified future.

Lenin's views on caste, conflict and social change took shape while he worked with bonded laborers. He was born into a high caste Hindu family which he describes as "feudal." He noticed that not a single child bonded in the sari or carpet industries came from an upper caste, even though some high-caste families were often just as poor as the lower castes. He realized that caste, not class, was at work. By the end of 1996, Lenin was championing the rights of lower-caste people. Early experiences taught him that confrontation was dangerous and not the most effective method. Increasingly, Lenin recognized caste in all kinds of social conflict and envisioned a movement that could break the closed, feudal hierarchies of conservative slums and villages by building up local institutions and supporting them with a high profile and active human rights network.

Mr. Muneer A. Malik was the former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association who has played an enormous role in the struggle of the lawyers, judges and the rest of the citizens of Pakistan for the independence of the judiciary. Under his leadership he was able to mobilize lawyers and the people to fight the repression imposed by President Musharraf when he declared an emergency and ousted several chief justices and judges. In the 1980's Mr. Malik had been in the forefront of the struggle against the military rule of then President Zia Ul Haq. Mr. Malik was recipient of the 2006 Dorab Patel Award given by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights was established to celebrate the spirit of the May 18 Gwangju Uprising by recognizing individuals, groups and institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace in their work. The prize is awarded by the citizens of Gwangju in the spirit of solidarity and gratitude to those who have helped them in their struggle for democratization and their search for truth. It is hoped that through this award, the spirit and message of May 18 will be immortalized

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