Conference on human rights by YHRI
A two-day conference was held from 3rd October to 4th October 2018 under the title 'National Conference on Youth Engagement and Human Rights 2018'. The event was jointly organized by Youth for Human Rights International, Bangladesh Chapter and London College of Legal Studies-LCLS (South) at the Grand Sultan Tea Resort& Golf, Srimongol, Moulvibazar.
Barrister Tanjib Rashid Khan, Faculty Member, London College of Legal Studies (South) moderated the conference.Abdullah Al Noman, Program Director of YHRI Bangladesh Chapter, coordinated the entire conference.
The opening session was conducted by MsArpeeta Shams Mizan, Lecturer in Law, University of Dhaka. Her session titled 'Basic Concept of Human Rights & Role of Youth' was designed to shortly illustrate the concept of human rights and highlight the development of the concept throughout the history in different periods of time.
Afterwards, she discussed the history of human rights and the categorization of the rights. MsMizan briefly talked on the international instruments of human rights-UDHR, ICCPR, ICSCR and the later developments CEDAW, CRC as well as national documents such as the proclamation of independence and Constitution of Bangladesh. She explained the balance between 'Human Dignity' and 'State Authority'.
Muhammad Farhadul Islam, Coordinator, Center for Human Rights Studies (CHRS), conducted the next session on 'Fostering Volunteerism through Community Activism.' He adopted an interactive way to engage the participants better. He started the session with a game and the participants were divided into two groups. The essence and the inherent message of his game was to enlighten the participants with the spirit of unity and volunteerism.
KaziTamannaFerdush, Human Rights Advocate& Alumni, Winter Academy of International Law, Istanbul University, Turkey; Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, in her session on 'Gender-Based Violence & Role of Youth' talked about various kinds of violence against women prevalent in our society. MsFerdush mentioned domestic violence, honour killing, dowry violence and forced marriage.
MsNusratParveen moderated the closing ceremony where MrShariarNafees, Secretary-General, Youth for Human Rights International, Bangladesh Chapter, graced the event as the special guest and spoke on the journey of YHRI in Bangladesh. The Chief Guest of the event was Barrister Khaled Hamid Chowdhury, Head of Laws, London College of Legal Studies (South).Mr Chowdhury appreciated the effort put and hoped that the participants were able to acquire the spirit of human rights from the teachings of the highly expert resource persons. Barrister Maruf H Abir, AGT & Lecturer, London College of Legal Studies (South), was requested to deliver the vote of thanks and the event concluded soon after a certificate giving ceremony.