Panelists discussed the importance of teaching fundamental rights at educational institutions and researching violations to make the new generation aware about their rights and responsibilities at a conference on Saturday.
Speakers at the “National Conference on State of Fundamental Rights in Pakistan” urged people to strike a balance between fundamental rights and responsibilities for a progressive society.
The Civic Courage Award for the year 2012 was given to human rights activist IA Rehman on the occasion, while Malala Yousufzai received the award for 2011. The Civic Education Award was awarded to Baacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation.
Malala narrated the various challenges confronted by people in Swat under the Taliban. “The pen is one of the most effective weapons for fighting human rights violations.
Ziauddin Yousufzai, Malala’s father, said he fought for basic rights, particularly for women in militancy-hit Swat. The event was held by Centre for Civic Education in collaboration with Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences and National Endowment for Democracy.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2012.