Empowering Youth through Human Rights Education  

:: People’s Time Online ::

“Human rights are the rights without which one cannot flourish as humans, cannot explore the potentials to the greatest possible extent, and cannot claim to have a life worthy of human dignity. Human rights can be violated only by the State or any other entity authorized by the State. That is the basic distinction between ‘crime’ and ‘human rights violation”. “Human rights education can empower young generation. This is a timely action to empower youth who can work to promote and protect human rights.”- Said by Professor Dr. Mizanur Rahman, former Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh and Professor of Law, University of Dhaka at the closing session of a human rights Workshop. Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network (CYHRDN), Commonwealth Secretariat, organized a day long workshop on “Empowering Youth through Human Rights Education” in partnership with Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI). The workshop was held on 4th March 2017 at ASA University Bangladesh. Thirty five law students from eleven public and private universities of Bangladesh participated in the workshop. The workshop aimed at creating sense of responsibility among young generation towards human rights protection and promotion.

Different university Law teachers, officials from CHRDN and YHRI, practicing lawyers and Md. Zahid Hossain who is United Nations Resident Coordinator Office conducted sessions on different issue of human rights associated with youth empowerment and youth engagement. At the end of the workshop, certificates were distributed among the participants. The workshop closing ceremony was presided over by Professor Dr. A.K. M. Helal uz Zaman, the vice Chancellor in Charge, ASA University Bangladesh.

CYHRDN is actively working among commonwealth countries. Bangladesh is one of the priority areas of this network. It provides a platform for collaboration with young people on important national, regional and global human rights issues. It also strengthens the capacity of young people to engage with their communities, policy-makers and wider stakeholders. This approach reinforces that young people are valuable human resources capable of developing into active citizens and serve as catalysts for change. The network aims to achieve its advocacy and capacity-building objectives through partnerships to contribute to research, policies and programs. Its priority areas include Disability Rights, Anti-Discrimination and Domestic Violence.


Mahdy Hasan

The writer is Member, CYHRDN, Commonwealth Secretariat


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