Washington, Dec 11 (IBNS) Along with a former President of Finland, two senior United Nations officials on Monday jointly condemned the assassination of Nadia Sidiqi, an Afghan provincial official working in women's affairs.
"The murder of Nadia Sadiqi is unacceptable. On Human Rights Day, I see this as a stark reminder to us all that the fight for human dignity and fundamental freedoms must remain our number one task," said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova.
"Afghanistan is struggling to become a peaceful and just society," she added. "We cannot let violence derail that vital task."
Ms. Sidiqi - the acting Director of the Women´s Affairs Department in the east Afghan province of Laghman - was reportedly shot and killed by two unidentified gunmen while on her way to work on a motorised rickshaw earlier Monday, which is also Human Rights Day.
The General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948 - and the date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. The UDHR sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women, everywhere in the world, are entitled, without any distinction.