Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity: HRD 2017

Dec 11, 2017

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day kicked off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

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To mark the day, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (NHRC) with support from the Human Rights Programme (HRP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organised a two day (10-11 Dec) International Conference on Promoting Equality, Justice and Human Dignity from 10- 11 December. The Conference was inaugurated by the Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury. Addressing the conference Speaker urged the international community to come forward for solving the Rohingya crisis soon and ensure human rights of the uprooted religious minority of Myanmar. NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi, Swiss Ambassador to Bangladesh Rene Holenstein, UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo, and NHRC Member Nazrul Islam, also spoke.  In the closing ceremony Law Minister Anisul Huq, NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, Sharmeela Rassool, Chief Technical Advisor of the HRP spoke at the programme.

Human rights activists from home and abroad including Malaysia, the Philippines and India took part in the conference. Earlier the NHRC brought out a colorful procession. Full page supplementary were published in 4 National Daily Newspapers on Human Rights.

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To promote the ‘Human Rights Awareness’ for marking the Human Rights Day 2017 a Drama Festival was also organized for mass people, engaging youth and Cultural Organizations. With the theme “Jagi Drohe, Mukto Pran-e”, the three-day (December 8-10) long festival was held at the Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi. A total of 20 theatre troupes from different districts of the country performed their plays on human rights issues at the festival. Milon Kanti Dey, President, Bangladesh Jatrashilpa Unnayay Parishad, inaugurated the festival while the veteran cultural personality Kamal Lohani presided over the programme.

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