ABOUT THE CONFERENCE :
Together, let’s rejuvenate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
demonstrate how it can meet the needs of our time and advance its
promise of freedom, equality and justice for all”.
In the decades since the first 50 countries signed the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), they have pushed the frontiers in
medicine, technology, the environment, social and political expression,
economic and labour laws, and more. The Declaration is a life guide
encompassing 30 articles that address rights and benefits, which have
been realized by many yet outside the reach of others. These include
access to education, employment, fair pay, voting rights, healthcare and
more; the values of free speech, privacy, and mutual respect irrespective
of gender, race, ethnicity, or religion are evinced by the Declaration.
Thus, the conference aims to spread awareness and foster a better
understanding of human rights principles and values.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE :
Academicians, professionals, research scholars, Students, NGO’s are
encouraged to participate in the conference.
CONCEPT NOTE :
International Human Rights Legal Regime: A reflection on 75 years of
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Modern Human Rights framework came into existence with the
adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 (UDHR). The
states came together and re-affirmed their faith in the fundamental
human rights and dignity and worth of the human person. Although not
legally binding the declaration carries a moral force of its ownand has
served as an important yardstick for most of the Human Rights treaties
and Constitutions adopted subsequent to 1948 so much so that theUDHR
has been positioned as a key location in the entire discourse on
International Human Rights Law.
The field of human rights has witnessed unprecedented challenges,
setbacks and development in the last 75 years. While recent practice of
Human Rights has grown and focussed on rights of elderly, migrants,
refugees, environmental issues and indigenous concerns climate
change, authoritarianism, uncontrolled state aggression, armed
conflicts, etc. pose a continuous challenge to the relevance of Human
Rights. The anniversary is not only an occasion to celebrate but reflect
on these challenges and recommit ourselves to its ideals.
Pertinently, Article 28 of the UDHR posits that everyone is entitled to a
social and International Order in which the rights and freedoms set
forth in the declaration can be fully realized. This is furthered bolstered
by Articles 29 and 30 which recognise the duties that everyone has
towards their communities for the full realisation of rights set forth in
the declaration. Never before has it become as imperative to strive for
and uphold human rights as they are today on account of
unprecedented challenges faced by the idea of rights and the
appearance of new issues on the human rights agenda.
75 years is an apt time to pause, assess and reflect on the document that
has become synonymous with any discussion on Human Rights.The
commemoration of the Declaration holds the potential to broaden our
perspective on the document and reveal long term designs across the
past and present events that touch upon its legitimacy and significance.
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