Universal declaration puts nations on road to rights, justice

Says UN resident coordinator

Staff Correspondent

11 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Dhaka, Mia Seppo on Monday said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has put countries on road to rights and justice for all.

It also leads the nations away from discrimination, violence and lack of voice, she continued.

Mia Seppo was addressing a panel discussion in Rajshahi.

The UN resident coordinator noted that the importance of the Universal Declaration cannot be overemphasised.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to highlight the importance of human rights, the panel discussion and film screening event took place.

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. 

The Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Swiss embassy, Christoph Fuchs, also spoke at the event, according to the Swiss mission in Dhaka.

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

Fuchs said 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 organisations and NGOs for the promotion of human rights and development in Bangladesh, he added.

Highlighting the importance of human rights, the panelists 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 a lively 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 widely 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.  

The event in Rajshahi is part of an international human rights film tour of over 45 countries organised by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva.

In Bangladesh, the film is touring six cities in total, including Dhaka, Rangpur, Khulna, Rajshahi, Barisal and Chattogram.