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National Workshop on Challenges of Human Rights in the 21st Century

Department of Political Science Gobi Arts & Science College is organizing a UGC Sponsored two days National Workshop on "Challenges of Human Rights in the 21st Century"

Date: 7th - 8th February, 2013

The 21st century can be described as the century of human rights as the idea has now become pervasive in the current global political reality. Despite its historical genesis and long evolutionary process, the concept of the human rights was assuming great significance in the 21st century.

The genesis of the concept of "Human Rights" may be back to the existence of mankind on the earth. Human rights found place in all the ancient societies by different names at different times. The present day concept of human rights is referred to as civil rights, political rights, personal rights, economic rights, social rights, cultural rights, solidarity rights, rights of development, etc,. The human rights have been classified into three categories. First generation human rights, which are civil and political life, e.g. freedom of speech, protection of private life, freedom of religion, right to fair trail, right to personal freedom and safety, etc. the second generation human rights are economic, social and cultural rights which are positive rights, i.e. right to be provided with something, such as right to be employed, housing and health care, right to decent standard of living, etc.

The third generation human rights are collective rights, such as right to development, ecological rights, etc. These rights are not connected directly with "person-state" relations, but rights of group of people. A debate has now started to include fourth generation human rights which are concerned with human rights in the information society. These rights are called "communication rights" and advocate the theory of liberation. At international level, a large number of treaties, declarations, conventions and covenants have been adopted in the field of human rights. The international community has responded community has responded to these documents very positively. It is, however, a matter of shame that flagrant violations of human rights are being reported from all parts of the world even today. India, the world's largest democracy, having a vibrant press and civil society, also suffers from a number of chronic human rights problems. In this context, the proposed National level workshop intends to focus various issues in Human Rights.

Thrust Areas of the Workshop:

  • Concept of Human Rights, Evolution of Human Rights & Collective Rights.
  • Rights of Vulnerable Groups such as Women, Child, Migrant Workers, Refugees, Aliens, Stateless Persons, Indigenous People, Older Persons, Disabled Persons, Minorities, etc.
  • Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
  • Human Rights and Terrorism.
  • Enforcement of Human Rights in India.
  • Role of National Human Rights Commission, State Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Court in the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights.
  • Role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the Promotion of Human Rights.
  • Human Rights and Corporate Accountability.
  • Human Rights and Intellectual Property Rights.

Call for Papers:
Papers on the above themes are invited from interested academicians, industry, professional bodies, NGOs, and research scholars. Paper must submit both hard and soft copies of the full paper not exceeding 5 pages with not more than two authors, typed in A4 size paper, Times New Roman font may please be sent to the workshop organizing secretary. Selected Articles will be published as a Book with ISBN Number on the first day of the workshop.

Important Dates:

  • Last date for Submission of Paper: 25th January, 2013
  • Last date for Registration: 25th January, 2013

Registration Fee:

  • Faculty: Rs. 500/-
  • Students: Rs. 300/-

Participants are requested to send the filled in registration form to the organizing secretary together with registration fee by DD drawn in favour of the Principal, Gobi Arts & Science College, Gobichettipalayam payable at Gobichettipalayam.

Accommodation will be provided to the registered outstation participants by the organizers.

Dr. S. Saravanakumar
Organizing Secretary,
Department of Political Science,
Gobi Arts & Science College,
Gobichettipalayam - 638 453
Erode District, Tamilnadu
Phone: +91-9965373055

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