POST TIME: 11 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Importance of human rights highlighted

Importance of human rights highlighted

The importance of human rights has been highlighted in a panel discussion in Rajshahi which was organised to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator and human rights NGO Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK) jointly organised the event in Rajshahi yesterday.  The event is part of an int’l human rights film tour in over 45 countries organised by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Int’l Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva, according to a press release  In Bangladesh, the film tour is travelling to Dhaka, Rangpur, Khulna, Rajshahi, Barishal and Chattogram.  

”Human rights are intrinsically linked to development and vice versa. To this end, Switzerland will continue to work with the government, as well as civil society organizations and NGOs for the promotion of human rights and development in Bangladesh,” Christoph Fuchs, Chargé d’affaires of the Swiss embassy said.

UN resident coordinator Mia Seppo said, “The importance of the Universal Declaration cannot be overemphasised: it put countries on the road to rights and justice for all, leading away from discrimination, violence and lack of a voice.”

Eminent human rights activist Khushi Kabir, professor ANM Wahid and professor Bokhtiar Ahmed of the University of Rajshahi also participated in the panel discussion, while Sheepa Hafiza, the ASK executive director moderated the discussions.

Highlighting the importance of human rights, the panellists talked about various aspects of civil rights and women’s rights as well as the recommendations of the 3rd Universal Periodic Review of Bangladesh in this regard.

The discussions followed an interaction with the audience who used the platform to express their views about and experience of exercising human rights in their everyday lives. The event was attended by Rajshahi-based human rights and civil society activists as well as university students. The award winning Swiss film “Sonita” featuring gender rights issues was screened at the event.