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Session 9

Standing Up for Human Dignity: Upholding the Foundation to Human Rights

Saturday, 2 September 2023

19:00 - 20:00 (GMT+7)

While we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the full enjoyment of these rights remains an elusive goal in various parts of the world. Over the decades, the Declaration's core purpose has been to uphold human dignity by promoting all human rights, including freedom of expression, the right to peaceful assembly, and the right to education. Additionally, the UN Declaration on the Right to Development adds momentum to the cause of human rights by promoting freedom to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development. However, in many parts of the world human rights defenders are unrelentingly repressed and in extreme cases subjected to arbitrary arrests and sham trials.

The panel session ‘Standing Up for Human Dignity: Upholding the Foundation of Human Rights’ will tackle the reality of rampant human rights violations all over the world, including breaches of freedom of expression, the right to peaceful assembly, and the right to education. It also seeks to strengthen the protections over human rights defenders. The session will also explore how human dignity enshrined in the right to development is being upheld in international politics and in the framework of the global economic system. The session will also take up the true nature of human dignity regardless of gender, race, nationality, country of origins and other differences.

Panelists & Moderator


Samuel Radford

Head of Good Governance Program at Global Policy Research Group (GPRG)

Dr. Raymond Leos

Associate Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP)

Radhya Almutawakel

Chairperson of Mwatana for Human Rights

Niklas Swanström

Director Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP)

Mavis Kwainoe

Professor at University of Professional Studies Accra Law School

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