|▲ Dongbaek Hall where CWNU Human Rights Center is located. (Source: Idomin)|
Human rights, the most basic rights, which must be ensured as a human being, prior to all laws. Human history has undergone many difficulties to acquire the right to live as a human, so that many people can enjoy the high standard of living nowadays. The main rights include the right to life, liberty, freedom, and education. These rights are often called, “God Given Natural Rights,” as everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination. However, there are still many people who are living their lives in circumstances where human rights do not reach them. Becoming a developed nation, “How many people can be ensured to live under the coverage of human rights equally,” is a major indicator to evaluate their government’s ability to protect the rights of their people. In particular, despite South Korea being one of the very few first-world nations in Asia, there is a high risk that the basic rights of teenagers will be violated due to the educational enthusiasm. Their thoughts and wills are often ignored in the educational system of Korea. In addition, Gyeongsangnam-do is a region with a high risk of neglecting human rights due to a large number of manufacturing laborers, especially migrated foreign workers.
The Gyeongsangnam-do Human Rights Forum will be held for the first time on December 7, in the grand auditorium located on the ground floor of Sarim Hall of CWNU, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., to increase interest in human rights. It is an event that is not only for CWNU members, but also one that the general public can participate in. The main host of the forum is Changwon National University, and will be co-hosted by the Gyeongsangnam-do branch of the National Human Rights Committee, Changwon City Government, Gyeongnam Office of Ministry of Education, and Busan Human Rights Committee.
Starting at 2 p.m., Roh Jung-hwan, head of the Busan office of the National Human Rights Committee, will declare the opening of the forum, and Lee Ho-young, the President of CWNU, will deliver a congratulatory speech under the theme of, “Efforts to Guarantee Human Rights in Gyeonsangnam-do province for the development of the social system and a sustainable society.” The main forum will carry on with the subject of, “Future of human rights and policies of Gyeongnam regional government to protect children and teenagers.” The following session is a lecture from Roh Mi-ae, a representative from Changwon City Hall, on “Discovering better ways to legislate youth-friendly parenting policies.” A program performed by the instructor Song Se-yeon, Gyeongnam office of the Ministry of Education, under the theme of, “The role of local government and authority to develop human rights sensitivity for young students.” After the lectures and forums by invited instructors, a comprehensive discussion is scheduled with the subject of, “Creating a Citizen and Resident Friendly City,” for about 75 minutes in duration
Other cities and provinces have previously noticed the importance of developing interests in human rights, and have held human rights forums for many years. Therefore, Gyeongsangnam-do decided to hold the first human rights forums in 2021. The contents of the forum are mainly about the policies, education, and parenting practices to improve the human rights of children and teenagers, while emphasizing the role of local authorities and communities in upholding human rights. Particularly, the development of human rights awareness and understanding of the human rights issues of the people who belong to vulnerable social groups, are expected through the forum.
Students who want to participate can fill out the designated application form with personal information on the CWNU Dream Catch website, describe their motivation for the application, and submit it online. Up to 50 students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participating students will receive mileage benefits from CWNU’s extracurricular programs. It is hoped that the local government and educational institutes co-operate to enhance the awareness of the human rights of residents, create better living circumstances, and contribute to improving the image of Gyeongsangnam-do province through peace and human rights. Participation of many desiring students is expected.
By Park Hyun-jong, reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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