Dimapur, December 11: On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, Department of Political Science of Tetso College under the directions, guidance and leadership of Dr. Rimmei Longmei conducted third round table conference with ‘Human Rights: Theory and Practice” as a theme.
Dr Rimmei Longmei, HoD in his address emphasized on the necessity of human Rights and commemoration of the International Human Rights Day. He also expressed his concerns towards the effective implementation of Human Rights.
Keynote Speaker Dr Antony Raj focused on the evolution and violation of human rights in the context of farm laws and ongoing protests. His detailed account of impact of cooperative farming on regulating prices and vanquishing of minimum support price leading loss of renumerative prices to farmers and further inflating prices threatening the rights like life, food and livelihood.
Roundtable discussion was moderated by Dr. Vijaya Chamundeswari, where students expressed their views on wide ranging topics like ‘Interface between International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law’ (Putionen Jamir), human rights violations and race and ethnicity (N Phewang Konyak), impact of climate change on human rights (Ningning Newmai), human rights and minorities (Hotoka Shohe) and human rights issues in India (Bothuvi Chishi).
Special invitee Major Gen N. George (Rtd) discussed the role of Army in protecting human rights and emphasized on the necessity of institutional building. He suggested the students as the forbearers of the upholding of rights to focus on implementation. He cited the examples of Malala Yosoufzahi and Greta Thunberg young activists.
Maj. Gen. N. George also shared his personal experiences and examples while discussing as to how Indian Armed Forces are fully committed to the ideals of Human Rights.
The second speaker, Prem M, focused on theoretical aspects of human rights in India and tried to relate liberal- communitarian and continental philosophies with continental philosophy. He ended his lecture with recent case relating to social inequality. The question and answer session was interesting with questions dealing with negative human rights.
IHRC Tuensang :
The International Human Rights council Tuensang in collaboration with Assam Rifles Tuensang, observed Human Rights Day on the theme “Stand up for Human Rights” on December 10 at 28 Assam Rifles Sport Complex Tuensang.
Speaking at the event, Col. Hiren Borah, Commandant 28 Assam Rifles Tuensang highlighted that it is everyone’s responsibility to uphold human rights.
Stating that rights shouldn’t be governed only by some section but by every person irrespective of the age, he illustrated that in the law of nature, rights are governed by the mighty but in human society it should be governed by everyone.
Col. Hiren also stated that whenever a society is formed, it has certain rules and limitations and everyone has a part to contribute to it. “In a society, we should not mingle with other rights. Human Rights doesn’t always means absolute rights. If the rights are not constructive and are irresponsible then, the rights are violated. Human Rights should construct sense and uplift humanity,” he said.
He also quoted “Human Rights is to restore Human Rights”.
On the theme “Stand Up for Human Rights”, B Yemlongchaba, State Vice-Secretary Nagaland stated that rights should not be enjoyed by some section but by everyone. He said it is the duty of every intellectual community to educate and enable the person under the closet of their rights.
As everyone is under the law, everyone should enjoy equal rights, he stated.
The programme was chaired by Kaimangchoba, Media Officer IHRC and Introduction of IHRC was delivered by B M Yanchu, President IHRC Tuensang. Mongko John I Chang from IHRC and Johan from Assam Rifles presented a song each.
28 Assam Rifles also donated a Computer set, a table and chairs to IHRC Tuensang for their Official use. (Page News Service)