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“Panchayats should sensitise people to human rights”

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FOR HARMONY: Collector J. Uma Maheswari (second from right), addressing a training session on human rights for panchayat leaders, and SHG federation leaders and NGOs in Karur.
FOR HARMONY: Collector J. Uma Maheswari (second from right), addressing a training session on human rights for panchayat leaders, and SHG federation leaders and NGOs in Karur.

Staff Reporter

KARUR: Conscientious people, who behave with others as they expect others to behave with them, are guardian angels of human rights.

It is essential that human rights should be valued in as much as we value human lives, District Collector, J. Uma Maheswari said here recently.

Addressing a training session on human rights for panchayat leaders, SHG federation leaders and NGOs, organized by the COODU Trust and National Human Rights Commission, Dr. Uma Maheswari pointed out that the zeal with which we pursue rights should be commensurate to the duties we discharge as law abiding citizens.

Living harmoniously with mutual admiration and respect displaying exemplary human considerations could help create a congenial atmosphere, she said.

Elected representatives in panchayats, self - help groups, women and voluntary organizations that work with the people at the grass roots could help sensitise people on human rights, she said.

Superintendent of Police, R. Dhinakaran inaugurated the session while Executive Director of People’s Watch, Tamil Nadu, Henry Tiphagne, delivered the keynote address. Project Officer, Mahalir Thittam, S. Ayyaru, Director, CCODU Trust, S. Jagadeesan, and Coordinator, D. Sathasivam spoke as well.

Technical session

In the technical session, Lucy Zavier of Dindigul spoke on women’s rights, while Panneerselvam held forth on human rights for marginalized groups and advocate Martin of Tiruchi spoke on the role of non-governmental organsiations. State Coordinator of the People’s Watch, G. Ganesan spoke on the Right to Education and Information Act.

Interactive session

Representatives of SHGs, panchayat leaders and voluntary organizations had an interactive session that generated lively debate and experience sharing.

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