I aim to curb human rights violations in Punjab: Bhagat Singh's descendant

Updated on Aug 05, 2013 09:02 PM IST
Fresh from attending a five-day workshop organised by the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, 24-year-old Abhitej Singh Sandhu feels ready to apply his new skills by starting an anti-human rights violations project in the state.
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Hindustan Times | BySanjeev Bhalla, Jalandhar

Fresh from attending a five-day workshop organised by the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, 24-year-old Abhitej Singh Sandhu feels ready to apply his new skills by starting an anti-human rights violations project in the state.

Sandhu, grand-nephew of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, represented the country at the global conference 'So, You Want to be the Next High Commissioner', held from July 22 to July 26, with representatives from 16 countries. The event aimed at empowering and training youths to work in the field of human rights.

"It was the third workshop in the series organised by World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). During the event, we were apprised of the functioning of the UN, different bodies dealing with human rights, and the projects being run by them in different parts of the world," said Sandhu.

Recalling his selection for the conference, Sandhu said, "For 15 days, we were tested and assessed on the basis of our social activities. I was among the eight finalists, and my work with Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi, and my father, who is a politician, paid off."

"As every participant was directed to take up human rights projects in their respective countries, I too will soon work with our NGO S Kulbir Singh Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with the IFUNA (Indian Federations of United Nations)," he claimed.

Sandhu has completed his BCom degree and has now set his sights on an MBA degree. "My aim is to curb human right violations in my state as much as I can," he said.

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