LAHORE:  Punjab University Centre for South Asian Studies organized a seminar on “Role of Human Rights Education in protection of Human Rights, Humanity and Culture” in collaboration with Ambedkar Society for South Asia at its auditorium.

Syed Shaheen Hassan, Director, Ambedkar Society for South Asia in inaugural session warmly greeted all the guest speakers, and the participants. He also appreciated Prof. Dr. Umbreen Javaid, Director Centre for South Asian Studies for her continuous efforts and encouraging support in organizing a seminar on such an important topic.

Seminar speakers including Arch Bishop of Lahore Cathedral from Christian Community Sabestian Frances Shaw, PU Institute of Language and Linguistics Head Prof. Ashok Kumar Khatri, Educationist Dr. Ariya Indras Patras, Prof. Kalyan Singh Kalyan from GCU Punjabi Department, Human Rights Activist Abdullah Malik,  President Adhi Dharam Punjab from Hindu Community Amaranth Randhwa,  Chairperson, Minority Advisory Council , Punjab Government Jacqueline Tressler have stated that Pakistan was a multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual country. They said the human rights violations against minorities are a worldwide phenomenon. They said Pakistan was also faced with religiously-motivated violence against its minorities. However, the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan provides adequate accommodation to its minorities that favors unity in diversity, they added. In the history, Charter of Madina was the first Charter of humanity to maintain peace and co-operation between different factions of Madina, they said. They were of the view that inaugurating Kartarpur corridor for Sikh community is a good initiative by the government of Pakistan and it is a corridor of peace. They said that currently there is a dire need to promote soft image of Pakistan. They said that inter-faith and inter-religious harmony should be part of discourse. They said the curriculum should be redesigned that should promote and teach moral values to the forthcoming generations. They said the UN human rights council resolutions promote and protect human rights around the world but their implementation remains a formidable challenge.

In her concluding remarks, Director CSAS Dr Umbreen Javaid expressed gratitude of all the guest speakers and the audience who shared their views. She condemned the human rights violations in Kashmir especially during Premier Modi’s government. She asserted that the international human rights organizations should take notice of these violations.  The seminar was attended by people of diverse backgrounds including students, research scholars, faculty members of different departments of the University of the Punjab and members of civil society.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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