70th World Human Rights Day was celebrated by the School of Law, Presidency University, on Monday, 10th December 2018. The event was held in association with District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Bangalore Rural District. Hon’ble Principal District and Sessions Judge and Chairman, DLSA, Bangaluru Rural District, Sri. P. Krishna Bhat was the Chief Guest. Senior Civil Judge and Member – Secretary, Bengaluru Rural District Legal Services Authority, Sri Sunil S. Hosamani, was the Special Guest on the occasion. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Radha Padmanabhan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr. M. Ishwara Bhat, Dean, School of Law, Prof. Sapna, faculty members and students of the School of Law participated in the event. Speaking on the occasion, Justice P. Krishna Bhat said,
• “The condition of human rights worsened during the World Wars and it created differences in the society which later created discrimination on the basis of caste, class, race, and sex.
• The racial discrimination was highlighted by the struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. during the apartheid movement.
• In daily life of the individual, discrimination occurs on a daily basis. But it is important to understand this. Injustice anywhere is a threat everywhere.
• Works of Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Winston Churchill and President of US, F. D. Roosevelt who upheld human rights need special mention”.
Justice Bhat answered a few questions raised by the audience. Special Guest, Sri Hosamani, spoke about the services of the Bengaluru Rural District Legal Services Authority and called upon the university to organize more activities and work with the Authority more closely.
The Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Radha Padmanabhan, in her Presidential Remarks, narrated a story with the message that the rights of fellow human beings be respected always; we need to treat others as we would like them to treat us. She emphasized the need to observe the spirit of human rights everyday in all small things we do; giving a candid dimension of human rights violations, abuses, discriminations big and small globally in all societies.
In the beginning, Dean of School of Law, Prof. Sapna welcomed the gathering and gave an introductory note. The program ended with vote of thanks by student, Pranesha Nayyar of BBA, LL.B (H) 3rd Semester followed by National Anthem.