Media group to mark 60th year of UDHR with int’l confab

Tuesday, 29 July 2008 07:59
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MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — The Asian Congress for Media and Communication will mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with an international conference on August 21-23, 2008 at the Ateneo de Davao University, ACMC-ADDU student coordinator Mick Basa said in a statement.

“It is our duty to ensure that these rights are a living reality, that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists, and that it exists for them,” Basa quoted United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon as
saying during the launch of the declaration’s 60th anniversary.

Carrying the theme “Media on Asia: A Tool for Human Rights Education and Monitoring,” the conference has invited Alan Davis as the keynote speaker.

Davis is director of special projects of the London-based Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).

Experts in various disciplines from the University of the Philippines, Southern Illinois University, University of the East, University of Asia and the Pacific and Mowelfund Inc. will also speak in the gathering.

Basa said the ACMC is calling on mass communication educators from the Philippines and other Asian countries, students, media practitioners, government public information officers, people’s organizations and other interested individuals to attend the event.

“The conference aims to expose educators and practitioners to the complex interconnections between media, communication, languages and human rights at a time when both have become central tenets of political, cultural, and policy debate,” he stressed.

Participants will hold a parade on August 24, the day after the conference ends.

The UN General Assembly adopted the UDHR on December 10, 1948. It is meant to be “a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations” in the area of human rights.

The declaration is not an agreement per se, but it inspired two important UN human rights treaties – the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. (MindaNews)


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