UNDP Engages Students in Observing Human Rights Day

Dec 10, 2014

UNDP along with its partners celebrated with students the 66th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a daylong event featuring talks and a debate about human rights situation in Afghanistan.

Kabul: In observation of the Human Rights Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today hosted a daylong event featuring speeches on human rights achievements in Afghanistan, and an entertaining and informative debate on the preservation of human rights in Afghanistan together with students from Kabul University. The event took place in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission at the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.

UNDP and its government partners took the opportunity to shed light on progress made in safeguarding human rights for ordinary Afghans in the past years and the initiatives they’ll be taking to respond to the existing challenges in this area.

“Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration continues to be an inspiration to us all in our efforts towards achieving universal enjoyment of human rights,” said Ms. Marta Ruedas, UNDP Country Director in Afghanistan. “Through our Justice for Human Rights in Afghanistan project, UNDP works with the Afghan Ministry of Justice and the civil society to strengthen the legal framework for human rights in Afghanistan and raise people’s awareness about their rights and how to access justice.”

“Today’s occasion is of utmost importance because it demonstrates the commitment of the national and international community to upholding, respecting and promoting human rights,” said H.E. Sayed Yousuf Halem, Acting Minister of Justice.

The debate, facilitated by Kabul Debate Club in British Parliamentary Style, brought together two opposing teams to discuss a human rights situation in Afghanistan in the presence of over 150 students from Kabul University.

During the event breaks, non-governmental organizations showcased publicity materials on various human rights issues to the event participants. The daylong event concluded with a performance by young musicians from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

UNDP’s Justice and Human Rights in Afghanistan (JHRA) project works with the Ministry of Justice and other partners to support and facilitate the implementation of the Afghan National Priority Plans on Justice and Human Rights across the country.

Contact information

Jalaluddin Kasaat, UNDP Afghanistan, Cell: +93799450630, Email: jalaluddin.kasaat@undp.og

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