IMS observes Human Rights Day

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Bhubaneswar: The Human Rights Day was observed at Institute of Media Studies (IMS) on Sunday with the theme ‘Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity’.
This year, the celebrations of the Day witnessed the launching of a year-long campaign ‘#Standup4humanrights’ to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Speaking at a seminar on ‘Democracy and Human Rights’ organised by IMS on its premises, Core Member of NHRC, New Delhi Manoj Jena said the UDHR is a milestone document that proclaimed the rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political opinion, national origin, property, birth or other status. The Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages, he added.
Addressing the students, member of State Women Commission Kusum Rath stressed on the women’s rights that are fundamental human rights enshrined by the United Nations. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage. But these are rarely provided to the women in the society, she added.
Among others, director of IMS Prof Upendra Padhi, MSW department course coordinator Dr Gayatri Patnaik and senior faculty Raghunath Mandal were present.

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