​Advocates educated on human rights

A human rights workshop, hosted by the United Nations in Port Moresby, yesterday helped to educate advocates on human rights and provide an understanding of the basic principles.

Human rights as defined by UN, is the standard to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice and peace.

Participants included advocates in sports, youth issues and the media. Netballer Lua Rikis and cricketer Chris Amini also participated in the workshop.

The UN for All, a UN Cares workshop, was aimed to provide an understanding of the basic principles of human rights.

These include universality, indivisibility, interdependence, participation, inclusion, equality and non-discrimination.

Facilitators Muna McQuay and John Keating spoke about the 30 human rights outlined in the International Bill of Rights and the Human Rights Framework.

The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Civil and Political Rights.

Participants were able to acknowledge that everyone has unconscious biases about people based on attitudes and practices of our families, cultures, religions, education, media and personal experiences. And by acknowledging these biases, people can take actions to address those that may be hurting others.

Participants can now commit, as a global citizen, to contribute to the implementation of the universal declaration of human rights at personal and profession lives to ensure inclusion and diversity.

Quintina Naime