Speakers stressed the need of creating mass level awareness among the public as they may know about their fundamental (universal) rights. They expressed these views while addressing the seminar titled “Equality-Reducing Inequalities, Advancing Human Rights” which was organized by the Department of Social Development, SMIU in connection with the Human Rights Week which is being celebrated by the Department of Human Rights Government of Sindh.

Mr. Javed Sibghatullah Mahar, Secretary Human Rights Government of Sindh said we could not get our own fundamental rights until we do respect the universal rights of others. The social intolerance is increasing with the passage of time, he said and added further “since the day a human being is born his basic rights have started”. He stressed awareness about the fundamental rights of every person should be created at the mass level because the majority of people don’t know the right direction that where from their issues to get resolved. If you talk about human rights you should fulfill your due responsibilities as well, he said.

SMIU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mujeebuddin Sahrai Memon said we must understand human rights in local connectivity, we need to create awareness as people may know what is their due right and where they are bound to respect others rights. The subject of Human Rights is already included in our course, he said and added further “We cannot protect the rights until we do not increase our literacy ratio”.

Mr. Zulfiqar Shah from Sindh Sindh Human Rights Commission sheds on the role of youth in implementing Human Rights. “the youth are the majority portion of this country’s population so as more responsibilities lie on them” he added further it is the responsibility of government to protect fundamental rights of the people.

Human rights activist Ms. Zeenia Shoukat said that where there is no equality then as a result human rights issues have occurred. The climate movement is emerging as a result of people’s activism he said and added more “People would protect their fundamental rights by the following freedom, right to information and unity”.

Later, the VC SMIU Prof. Dr. Mujeebuddin Sahrai Memon distributed shields among the speakers. He appreciated the Department of Social Development for organizing seminar on human rights.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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