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Speakers at a seminar on Sunday said government, civil society and mass media can protect the human rights of people and stop violence against ethnic people across the world.


Public awareness is also needed to protect human rights, speakers underscored at a program organized by Dhaka University Film Society in association with the United nations in Bangladesh titled “Promoting and protecting human rights through film and other media” at Shishu Academy Auditorium in Dhaka to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Prothom Alo Associate Editor Md Abdul Quayyum moderated the discussion, while German Ambassador in Dhaka Peter Fahrenholtz, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo, filmmakers Mostafa Sarawar Farooki and representative of the Human Right Forum of Bangladesh Aung Rakhine spoke as the speakers.

In his speech, German Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz said, “Though the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is just a document of few pages words, but it’s playing a very important role to protect the human rights of people all across the world. Human right is basically connected to protect the dignity of people.”

“It’s the duty of all of us to raise our voice against the human rights violence and engage to protect people right,” he added.

Mia Seppo said, “The UN is continually working to protect people’s right and empowered the refugee over the world. The UN is also supporting the people and organizations who are working for protecting human rights.”

Thanking the organizer, she said, “Movie has a strong power to create conscience among the people about their right and disclose the social problems. It also inspires the youth to work for the people and nations.”

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