THAILAND CONFERENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
International conference brings together human rights advocates from six nations.
The Youth for Human Rights Bangladesh chapter organized a daylong International Conference on Youth Engagement and Human Rights in partnership with Youth for Human Rights Nepal and the Asia Centre Bangkok. The Asia Centre Bangkok seeks to connect people and regions through collaborative partnerships.
Youth from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand convened in Bangkok. These countries represent a zone prone to human trafficking, serving as a source of trafficking victims and as transit conduits to other locations. This is but one human right issue afflicting the area and its youth, along with ethnic conflicts and discrimination against minorities.
The workshop and its discussions aimed to create a sense of responsibility among youth toward the promotion and protection of human rights. The Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand addressed the conference stating, “Youth must respect peace and tolerance to secure human rights. Human rights education can empower the young generation.”
Also participating in the conference were organizations coming together to tackle human rights issues in this region. This included the Asian Institute for Human Rights, the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at the Mahidol University.
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PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER, NEBRASKA, USA
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TEACHER, NORTH CAROLINA, USA
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THE UDHR STATES:
“We should act toward one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
We are changing these facts:
students are victims of bullying each year
abuse at home can lead to increased violence at school
1 in 3
report experiencing bullying at school
are affected by bullying in the workplace, whether as a target or a witness
skip school for fear of being bullied every day
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