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Human Rights Commission host community awareness session to commemorate Human Rights Day
By Shanil Singh
Tuesday 10/12/2019

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission will be hosting a community awareness session in Vunidawa, Naitasiri to commemorate the Human Rights Day.

Director Ashwin Raj says they believe in taking its services to ordinary Fijians in rural, remote and maritime communities who have no access to social mobility and social media platforms.

Raj says that existential crisis of climate change, the entrenched culture of patriarchy and sexual and gender-based violence, the rise in racial and religious intolerance as well as the advocacy of hatred against diverse identities are consistent with the principles of human rights, fundamental freedoms and human dignity but transformational change in our societies driven by our youth.

He says that young people in these communities deserve to be heard and given an opportunity to shape our human rights agenda.

Raj adds that young people are an important catalyst for transformational change, a repository of political will and the drivers of enduring solutions to the most intractable human rights challenges confronting the world today.

He also says that young people need to be inspired, empowered and heard and given the platform to exact the kind of change that the world urgently requires.

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