Meet highlights education for human rights

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 4, 2015-

The third South Asia Conference of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) concluded in the Capital on Saturday stressing on the need of involving and educating youths for upholding human rights.

“We will not see improvements in human rights condition in a country until we teach human rights to children,” YHRI President Dr Mary Shuttleworth said at the programme.

“We have to teach young people to respect other’s rights and then they will learn to take responsibility to that end,” Shuttleworth said.

Gross human rights violations continue throughout the world with south-Asian countries more vulnerable due to illiteracy, poverty, under-development, conflict and political instability.

The United Nations defines human rights as “rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language or any other status.”

“We are living in a country with an awful human rights record,” Reena KC of YHR Nepal said, adding, “Child labour, domestic violence, caste-based discrimination and gender disparity are rampant.” KC is one of many volunteer activists participating in various awareness campaigns to advocate tolerance and peace.

“Though the constitution of our country does not discriminate against people on any basis, ground reality is different,” lawmaker Keshav Badal said. “We have to change our mindset to bring about change,” he said.

Published: 05-04-2015 08:49

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