Mangaluru: Citizens Forum to host ‘Maanavatha Milan’ to mark ‘International Human Rights Day’

Workshop on ‘Humanism and Constitutional Rights’ for Youth organized by Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development and Social Development Foundation, Delhi to mark International Human Rights Day. Time: 9:00 a. m. Dates: 8th, 9th & 10th Dec. 2015. Venue: Sahodaya, Karnataka Christian Educational Society (KACES Campus), Balmatta-Mangaluru

Mangaluru: Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development is organizing ‘Maanavatha Milan… A Quest for Humanity’, a series of programmes scheduled for 8th, 9th and 10th December, concluding with a public function on Thursday, the afternoon of 10th of December 2015. This marks International Human Rights Day declared by the United Nations as December 10th to immortalize the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Maanavatha Milan will be held at Sahodaya and the Bishop Jathanna Auditorium in KACES Campus, Balmatta, Mangaluru. The venue has been kindly extended for the cause by the Karnataka Christian Educational Society.


On 10th December afternoon will be a festive ‘dialogue on humanism and constitutional rights’. It will commence at 3.00 pm and will be addressed by renowned international and national personalities Lara Mattossian-Roberts (founder and CEO of Sci-fest, Dubai), Ram Puniyani (reputed writer and human rights activist, Mumbai), Vaidehi (eminent thinker and litterateur) and Vidya Bhushan Rawat (humanist and human rights activist, Delhi). A poster exhibition, music, panel discussions and mock court will be the major attractions of the fest.

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Preceding this, a Workshop for Youth on Humanism and Constitutional Rights will be held on 8th December and 9th December. The workshop will be facilitated by Vidya Bhushan Rawat under the auspices of Social Development Foundation, Delhi and it will expose college students and youth volunteers to democratic governance and humanistic values.

The two days of workshop will culminate in an interactive session on 10th December at 10:00 am, where Dr. Ram Puniyani and Dr Sharanappa SD, IPS, the Superintendent of Police, DK District will dialogue with the workshop participants.

The objective of these programmes is to sensitise youth and social activists on the emerging issues and challenges facing civil society in India and the world. It will enlighten them on basic tenets of democracy and constitutional governance, and will attempt to imbibe universal ideals like equality, citizens’ rights, secularism, gender equality, liberation from social, political, economic and cultural oppression etc. The looming problems of communalism, corruption and extremism will also be discussed and analysed with a view to work towards finding solutions.

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