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Issue No: 248
December 10, 2011

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Working together to promote Human Rights: Giving young people a voice

NHRC celebrates International Human Rights Day 2011

Today, the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh cordially invites all citizens to celebrate International Human Rights Day 2011 around the theme: 'Working together to promote Human Rights: Giving young people a voice' on 10 December 2011.

International Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organizations to adopt 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

The occasion of observance of human rights day provides the people around the world the opportunity to better understand the meaning and importance of human rights and to advocate for the realization of human rights for all.

To commemorate the international human rights day 2011, National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission Capacity Development Project of UNDP conducted an awareness raising campaign on human rights.

This year, the UN is focusing on Social media and Human Rights as stating-

'It has been a year like no other for human rights. Human rights activism has never been more topical or more vital. And through the transforming power of social media, ordinary people have become human rights activists.'

In line with the UN focus, this year NHRC, Bangladesh has targeted the young people and selected the theme “Working together to promote Human Rights: Giving young people a voice”. The campaign activities have been also designed in line with the theme. The Commission invited young people to participate in a competition, encouraging them to share their ideas about what human rights mean to them. The drawings, photographs and slogans received will vehicle the message of the Commission on human rights next year.

Students of different universities will hold rally and distribute campaign materials taking their role as human rights defenders and promoting human rights.

A celebration event organized by NHRC, Bangladesh will be held at the TSC auditorium of Dhaka University, one of the favorite places loved by youth at 10am on 10 December 2011. Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed will attend the event as Chief Guest, while UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Neal Walker and H.E Ambassador Anneli Lindahl Kenny, Ambassador of Sweden, will be the Guests of Honor. NHRC Chairman Prof. Dr. Mizanur Rahman will preside over the event.

Source: NHRC press release.




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