Human Rights Education Should be Institutionalized

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According to the United Nations, Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the?Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

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The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights, setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings. “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary.

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Following global voice rising on human rights protection, SERAC-Bangladesh organized a discussion meeting and study circle session at its hall room in Mymensingh on the Human Rights Day. Discussants included SERAC-Bangladesh’s executive director and member of UN-HABITAT Youth Advisory Board S M Shaikat, Disa executive director Md. Rafiqul Islam, civic thinker Engineer Reazul Hasnat, journalist Moyeen Uddin, assistant director of SERAC Pulak Roy, project officer Barkatullah Bhuyan, youth activists including Anwar Jahan, Rumman Mia, Sabina Yasmin, Sheikh Sujon, Poli Rani, Ayesha Siddika, Shamima Akter, Hasina Akter, Naznin Akter, Rashida Akter, Fahmi Begum, Jahidul Islam and many others discussed at the event.

Speakers strongly raised issues of human rights education to be included in the regular institutions, and thus human dignity and security will be better protected.

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