Amnesty International India and city colleges hold human rights festival

By Amnesty International India
India: 10 December 2017 7:43 am

Around 2000 students from four colleges in Bengaluru are coming together to participate in a week-long festival called ‘Haq’, as part of Amnesty International India’s celebrations to mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

The Human Rights Education Programme at Amnesty International India is collaborating with Amnesty Clubs at St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, Sampurna Montfort College, The Students’ Outpost and the Human Rights Committee at School of Law, Christ University to provide a platform for students to discuss their role in strengthening human rights in India. The week-long festival, which begins on 10 December, aims to raise awareness about human rights violations in the country and seeks to mobilise youth support to defend and promote human rights.

“The motto of Haq is ‘You have what it takes’, emphasizing that we all have human rights, and we need to work together to ensure they are realized,” said Khatija Khader, Human Rights Education Campaigner, Amnesty International India. “Through Haq, we hope to build concerted citizen action for human rights. International Human Rights Day deserves to be celebrated by everyone, and we hope to hold this festival every year.”

The festival brings together a wide range of people who defend and stand for human rights in India through their work. It includes performances from musical groups including Oorali and Robin of Imphal Talkies, and screenings of the films ‘Soz: A Ballad of Maladies’ and ‘Campus Rising’. The festival will also feature panel discussions with human rights defender Babloo Loitongbam, academic Achin Vanaik and Rahul Sonpimple of the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Student Association, JNU on human rights issues including freedom of expression, human rights abuses in conflict areas, and communal violence. It aims to inform students about their rights, and how they can contribute to creating a rights-respecting society.

The festival brings together a wide range of people who defend and stand for human rights in India through their work. It includes performances from musical groups including Oorali and Robin of Imphal Talkies, and screenings of the films ‘Soz: A Ballad of Maladies’ and ‘Campus Rising’. The festival will also feature panel discussions with human rights defender Babloo Loitongbam, academic Achin Vanaik and Rahul Sonpimple of the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Student Association, JNU on human rights issues including freedom of expression, human rights abuses in conflict areas, and communal violence. It aims to inform students about their rights, and how they can contribute to creating a rights-respecting society.
The festival will also provide a platform to young students to become a part of Amnesty International’s Global Write for Rights Campaign by pledging their support in defence of indigenous land rights.

Sarvanik Kaur, director of ‘Soz: A Ballad of Maladies’, said, “Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without the freedom to think. There is an urgent need for such events as they help students band together and mobilise. Universities need to continue to be spaces where one can question fearlessly.”

Background

Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. When the General Assembly adopted the Declaration, it was proclaimed as a “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”, towards which individuals and societies should “strive by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance”.

The Human Rights Education programme at Amnesty International India aims to create a rights-respecting society by promoting values and principles of human rights among young people in educational spaces. Our goal is to educate and empower young people to take action on human rights issues that are relevant and important to their lives and community.

For more information please contact:

Khatija Khader
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +919711177620