Human Rights Day Celebrated
Center for Human Rights of the Addis Ababa University celebrated the International Human Rights Day and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 70th Anniversary with a panel discussion on December 10, 2018 at Eshetu Chole Hall.
Dr. Solomon Negussie, Dean College of Law and Governance Studies, in his welcoming remark noted that commemorating Human Right Day is an important day in the history of mankind. This year, said Dr. Solomon, the Human Rights Day marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration and Ethiopia was one of the first member countries signed the declaration 70 years ago which was the first international instrument to declare ‘’All Human Beings Are Born Free and Equal in Dignity and Right.’’
Dr. Solomon also noted that since its establishment, Addis Ababa University has been contributing in producing skilled human capital, research and community services. “To support the current reform, the university is playing its role to bring about sustainable peace, development and democracy. In addition to its own researches and education carried out with limited university resources, our doors are also open to governmental and non-governmental organizations, industries and other partners, who would like to engages us in science and technology and humanities with the purpose of improving the well being of our society,” added Dr Solomon.
Honorable guest of the ceremony W/ro Meaza Ashenafi, President of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia, in her keynote speech said,” we are commemorating what the global community has achieved in protecting and promoting human rights since the adoption of the UDHR in a time our country Ethiopia is in a critical time.” She went on saying it’s a time of opportunity that shall be ceased by all parties to come to a common ground and say a definite ‘no to neither the violence nor to the compromise of human rights ‘. If not the time we are in the commitments we made under the human right instruments we ratified and our track record in the protection of human rights requires us to do as such.
Scientific paper entitled ‘From Declaration to Action: Building a Human Rights Culture in Ethiopia’ was presented by Dr. Gedion Timothewos, State Minister of the Office of Attorney General, followed by panel discussion. Panalists were Prof. Yash Ghai, a world-renowned constitutionalist and Justice Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, President of the East African Court of Justice. The panelists briefed the UDHR 70 to attendees of the ceremony.