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Human Rights Celebrations 2018 Back

The ten-day event ‘Human Rights Celebrations 2018’ came to a close with a candle light march from St Joseph’s College to Town Hall on 10th December 2018. Over one thousand students and activists took part in this candle light march. The year 2018 was special as it also marked the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), 25th Anniversary of the Paris Principles, 25th Anniversary of the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights and 20th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

On 1st December, Justice D H Waghela, the Chairperson of Karnataka State Human Rights Commission inaugurated the ‘Human Rights Celebrations 2018’ and Senior Advocate, High Court of Karnataka, Ms Hemalatha Mahishi was the Chief Guest. Both of them emphasized on the importance of promoting and defending human rights at all levels. Dr Fr Daniel Fernandes, Principal of SJCC, presided over the function and welcomed the gathering. Mr Manohar, from CARE and HRDA gave the concept note. Mr Mathews, Director of SICHREM and Dr Fr Alwyn Prakash D’Souza, Head of Human Rights and Training Unit, Indian Social Institute, invited the students to be aware of the human rights and to defend them against their violations. As it was also the World AIDS Day, students had organized different activities to spread awareness about AIDS. The students also had a talk on AIDS awareness by Dr Venna Maria Saldanha from St John’s Hospital, Bengaluru.


On December 2, The International Day of Abolition of Slavery, we focused on child rights and had a gathering of around 200 slum children, government school children and children from an orphanage. The afternoon lunch was sponsored by the Ashok Nagar Police Station. Children, helped by many student volunteers from different city colleges, enjoyed the day with sports and cultural activities.


On day 3, World Disability Day, students were involved in different activities and competitions focusing on the area of disability. They also had a talk on Disability by Mar Ravi from Fourth Wave Foundation.



On day 4, the theme was Right to Life and Human Dignity. The students had different competitions on the day’s theme and a talk on human rights and constitution by Fr Francis Guntipilli and the students were involved in spreading awareness on fundamental rights through still mobs and street plays at different traffic signals in Bengaluru.

There were multiple events on the 5th day of the Human Rights Celebrations 2018. A Symposium on Myth and Realities on Gender in Contemporary Society at Mount Carmel College, Talk on Constitution by Justice H N Nagamohan Das at St Joseph’s Commerce College, inter-collegiate competitions at St Joseph’s College, Dr B R Ambedkar memorial lecture at St Joseph’s College and a round table discussion on constitution at St Joseph’s College.


The focus of day 6 was Constitutional Democracy. The events of the day included sensitization and legal awareness for CBO leaders at SCMI House, photo exhibition and treasure hunt at St Joseph’s College. As it marked the Babri Masjid Demolition Day, there were protests at Town Hall, which drew people from different Organizations to uphold the spirit of Constitution and defend Democracy. The final program of the day was at Indian Academy Degree College titled ‘conflict resolution and cultural evening’.


On the 7th day, the theme was Violence against Women, Gender and Dissent. The events of the day included a talk on current issues of human rights in India at Bangalore Central College, activities on violence against women, me-too and gender discrimination at St Joseph’s College and Marmara on Lynching, Dissent and Democracy at Cubbon Park by VIMOCHANA.

December 8th, the eighth day of the Human Rights Celebrations 2018, the focus was on the issues of minorities. The events of the day included ‘Using the Law for Dalit Struggles’, public awareness on human rights by Ondede at different metro stations, theatre event by the Shoonya group at St Joseph’s College quadrangle and ‘an evening of poetry’ by Sangama and Kavya Sanje at the Courtyard, Shanthinagar.

On 9th December, the events were held at Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru. In the morning the session was on ‘citizens rights and roles in governance’ and in the afternoon the students had a talk on human rights defenders.



The final day, December 10th, on the commemoration of International Human Rights Day, there was a workshop on UDHR and Constitution in which around 200 students from different city colleges took part. The valedictory function was presided over by Dr Fr Melwyn D’Cunha, the Rector of St Joseph’s College and Sri H S Doreswamy, who was the chief guest for the valedictory program addressed the students and invited them to be the practitioners of human rights. The Human Rights Celebrations 2018 culminated with the ‘march for human rights’ from St Joseph’s College to Town Hall and a candle light vigil and pledge to defend, promote and celebrate human rights thereafter, in which over a thousand students and activists participated.


The Human Rights Celebrations 2018 was a joint effort, involving many educational institutions and civil society organizations. The Human Rights and Training Unit of Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru takes pride in having brought together many students from different educational institutions and activists from different organizations during these ten days, from December 1 to 10th, in order to promote, defend and celebrate human rights. It was indeed a splendid event.

Program Details of Human Rights Celebrations 2018