16-DEC-2016: Aligarh Muslim University teachers were recently invited to hold a symposium as an awareness drive at Raghubir Bal Mandir Secondary School, Aligarh on the occasion of International Human Rights Day. The symposium was a joint initiative by People's Union for Civil Liberties ((PUCL), Aligarh unit, and the school.
During the symposium, Professor Samina Khan, Department of English, Vice President, PUCL, Aligarh Unit, who was also the Convener of the event spoke on the significance of the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights.
She pointed out the important role played by this mission of human rights in making efforts to establish women empowerment in all countries of the world at a time of inequality and rising crimes against women. During her address, Prof Khan spoke on the UN General Assembly Adoption of 1993 and 1999 of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. Prof Khan presented her gratitude to the guests in the conclusion of her speech.
While delivering the presidential remarks, retired AMU Academic, Prof Salahuddin Qureshi, Department of Geography, President of PUCL appealed people to protect human rights in their surroundings through their actions.
Dr M Muhibul Haque, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Secretary, PUCL, Aligarh Unit presented the political and social background of the United Nations Declaration of 1948 and its implementation to the present date.
While reciting a poem by Martin Niemoller; AMU Associate Professor from the Department of English, Dr Ayesha Muneera Rasheed explained the importance of standing for the protection of human rights.
Expressing his views about children psychology, Mr Abdul Mabood, Executive Member, PUCL, Aligarh Unit laid emphasis on the observance of children's rights, and made an appeal to school teachers to be careful on the future of children.
Meanwhile, Mr Ayush Gaur, Member, PUCL, recited his self-composed poem to emphasise on the reinstatement of human rights.
Earlier in the programme, Dr Manju Gaur, Principal, Raghubir Bal Mandir Secondary School welcomed PUCL members.
The symposium had detailed discussions on active observance of human rights of every strata of the society with explanations on the causes of human rights violations and measures of protection at the national and global arena. A large number of teachers and research scholars from AMU participated in the event.