Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael has said the government was cognizant of its obligation to implement all human rights instruments in letter and spirit as numerous measures were being undertaken to ensure freedom of speech and freedom of worship. He was addressing an award ceremony and poster exhibition organized here by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) and High Commission of Canada on eve of Human Rights Day-2016.
Canadian High Commissioner, Pery Calderwood, Director UN Information Center, Vittorio Cammarota, Eiza Abid, a 15- year-old Pakistani girl from Lahore, who has won international “Celebrating Freedom” poster competition, students and people from different walks of life attended the event. The minister appreciated grand efforts of High Commission of Canada and the UNIC for organizing this event. He said the competition is a way of encouraging children to learn about human rights in an entertaining manner.
He also congratulated winner and other students for creating posters on theme of freedom. In his brief remarks, High Commissioner of Canada said freedom and human rights are core Canadian values and added Canada played a central role in drafting Universal Declaration of Human Rights, through which all nations recognize that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
“As we celebrate creation of that Declaration on Human Rights Day, I am pleased to see Pakistani girls and boys using their talents to promote these same values,” he said and congratulated Ms. Abid and all participants.
Director UNIC said through initiatives like these, we aim to project a positive image of Pakistani youth while providing an opportunity for increasing their knowledge of human rights. He said this competition highlights how art can be used as a medium to convey powerful messages and foster a positive change.
It is mentioned here that in 2015, office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva launched a competition in several countries to encourage school-aged children to create a poster on the theme of freedom. Primary (ages 5-11) and secondary (ages 12-18) students from across Pakistan submitted more than 60 entries. These posters were exhibited on Friday at High Commission of Canada and will be on display for next two weeks at the UNIC office in Islamabad.
Pakistan’s Eiza Abid won “Celebrating Freedom” competition in 12-18 age group. Her artwork uses both dark tones and bright colours to represent freedom of thought. In recognition of her success, she was formally presented with a certificate signed by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.