The Bangladesh Chapter of Youth for Human Rights International in association with the “United for Human Rights” has organized a workshop titled “The Role of Youth to Human Rights”, on Thursday (July 22) at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, Dhaka. A good number of students from different universities participated in the seminar. It was the 64th workshop organized by Youth for Human Rights International Bangladesh since their commencement on 18th April 2015.
Law students as well as interested activists of other majors from different public and private university including University of Dhaka, East West University, Eastern University, ASA University and other reputed institutions participated voluntarily in the program. The students were divided into 4 groups consisting of 8 members to ensure maximum participation and increase the intimacy between the students of different backgrounds and minds. Each team chose a team leader for them and was handed a human rights kit that provided guidelines and documentary film CD which would enable them to conduct such workshops by themselves. They shared their ideas on the 30 human rights after an initial discussion.
Md. Saimum Reza Talukder, president of the Bangladesh Chapter YHRI conducted the first session of the workshop on “What are the Human Rights- Find out”. He signified on the history of Human Rights then talked on how the idea of Human Rights developed into existence from the lapse of times; stating the freedom of slaves and freedom of religion rights provided by Cyrus. Then he provided ideas on how natural law turned into natural right. He tried to depict how Magna Carta played a vital role in today’s Human Rights. Later on he moved on to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and supervised public speaking and examples given by the team leaders of the group on the 30 Human Rights. He tried to differentiate the view of human rights from the eyes of law, philosophy and poetry. The session was more interaction based .
Amiya Prapan Chakroberty, president of Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation (also the Vice Chairperson of SAARC Youth Association) started the second session beginning with his introduction and delivered a speech on his journey with DYDF. He prioritized the free access to rights for everybody. In a different way from other foundations, he started his work from rural sector then he organized Global Youth Entrepreneurs Summit in Dhaka after 5 long years. He gave examples on how distress full the life of a person living in rural and remote areas is. Flaws of the education system and the rights of education were also the topic of his speech. He talked and advised about how to become a youth leader and he ended his speech describing how youth can and should work to demonstrate better outcome and advocate for human rights.
The program ended with Md. Saimum Reza Talukder handing over him a leadership kit.
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, born and raised in apartheid South Africa. She witnessed the lack of basic human rights there and the effects of discrimination were devastating and YHRI educates youth about human rights so they become advocates for tolerance and peace. From class room instruction to sports, painting and dancing from the most densely populated cities to the most sparsely peopled villages; youth readily respond and benefit national state. Youth for Human Rights initiated organizing such workshops in Bangladesh back in 2015 and has been successful in the continuation of their activities.
The Event was covered by FutureLaw Contributor Raihan Rahman Rafid.