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'Ready to work on human-rights violations in state'

Back from Geneva after attending the five days workshop from Geneva, organized by United Nations, Abhitej Singh Sandhu (24) is ready to apply the teachings learnt practically in state by starting a project on human rights violations.

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2013 12:53 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla

Back from Geneva after attending the five days workshop from Geneva, organized by United Nations, Abhitej Singh Sandhu (24) is ready to apply the teachings learnt practically in state by starting a project on human rights violations.

Abhitej, who is the grand nephew of Shaheed-e-azam Bhagat Singh, was the Indian representation in the conference, held from July 22 to July 26, with 16 others across the world.

The event titled as, ‘So, You Want To Be The Next High Commissioner’ was focused on empowering and training youth on the working of United Nations in the field of Human Rights all across the world.

“It was 3rd of its kind workshop which was organized by WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations Associations) targeting youth and in it, we were apprised with the functioning of United Nations, its different bodies on human rights and the projects being run by them in different parts of the world,” said Sandhu.

Speaking on its selection for this workshop, Sandhu recalled, “It was an almost 15-days grilling process in which we were tested and accessed on the basics of their social activities. I was among the eight finalists and, luckily, got a chance as I had worked for society in my past. My work with Arvind Kejriwal at New Delhi and in Punjab with my father, who is a politician, paid me.”

“It was a very informative conference which helped me understand the UN mechanism and the functioning of different Human Rights bodies of the United Nations,” he says adding that, “every participant was directed by the WFUNA to do follow-up projects on Human rights in their respective countries and we will soon be organizing projects in corporations with the IFUNA (Indian Federations of United Nations) and our NGO S. Kulbir Singh Memorial Foundation by the end of this year for protecting Human rights all in Punjab as well as across the country.”

“The person attended the workshop from Norway was bit worried to find violations of human rights in her country, I invited her come to India to see plethora of violations,” he said adding that, “right from Airport, you will start witnessing violations.”

Abhitej Singh Sandhu has completed his B.Com and is aiming to start an MBA. “Now, my aim is to curb human-right violations in my state as much as I can,” he said.