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Panel Discussion Report 10: The Implementation of United Nations declaration of Human Rights

Overview of the point discussion

Our panel discussion was held on 24th Jun 2013 and consists of three panelists and one moderator. The moderator for this panel discussion was me, Afiqah. First panelist was Nurzhamal from Kyrgyzstan, second was Siti Nur Azimah from Malaysia and third Kanikey from Kyrgyzstan. Frankly speaking, I was nervous to be in the same group with them because they are well known as a good speaker. On top of that, this was the first time that we work together as a team.

Our panel discussion topic was about the Implementation of United Nations declaration of Human Rights. United Nations adopted the universal declaration of human rights on 10 December 1948 in Pallas De Chaillot, Paris, France. There are 30 articles consist in the declaration of human rights. Nevertheless, nowadays, people raised many questions regarding the implementation of human rights. Are the declaration of human rights is being implemented? Are the humans being treated equally without discrimination? Panelist answered those questions according to their opinions.

According to Nurzhamal, the implementations are failing because the governments violated the declaration of Human Rights by implementing the death penalty. According to her, it is against the article 5–No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

As Malaysian, Second panelists Siti Nur Azimah mentioned about the implementation of human rights in Malaysia. There are many cases such as Adam Adli case, which is obviously displayed violation of human rights by government in Malaysia. She also mentions about the government in Malaysia forbid the assembly made by people who against the result of General Election 13. Action taken by Malaysian government is against the article 20 in the declaration of Human Rights.

Kanikey talked about the human rights is not being implemented from an education perspective. She mentions about articles 26 that stated that everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all based on merit.

We finished our panel discussion by answering two questions from audiences.

The process

Our group is formed through random basis. We choose this topic because it relates to us as human beings. Firstly, one of our group members suggested the women empowerment to be our topic. Unfortunately, the implementation of United Nations declaration of Human Rights grabs our attention. It was convenient to arrange the meeting and discussion regardless the curfew hours made by hostel regulation as we all are female students. Mostly we did our meeting at 11 PM. The process runs smoothly until we are done with our panel discussion.

The Implementation

Forthrightly, I like to be in this group. All the group members contributed brilliant ideas and fantastic efforts to ensure our panel discussion runs smoothly. We did not have any difficulties while discussing or meeting. My nervousness defeated when mixed and exchange idea within the group.

Learning/Reflection of the Panel Discussion

From the panel discussion, I learned how to handle the discussion and question, as I am moderating. However, I need to practice and learn more on how to become good moderator. From the Human Rights perspective, I really disappointed to see human rights are being violated. As human beings, we have our own rights but nowadays without our consciousness, it is taken from us by higher authority especially. The declaration does not implement properly and people who want to fight for their rights are claimed as rebellious.


As recapitulation, discussion method really makes me understand better. In addition, the question rose by audience make panelists think critically. Thus, it makes the learning session to become interesting and understandable. In conclusion, it is a universal problem and need attention from all people in order to solve this issue. I hope that as students from The Humaniversity’s University, we can be the messiah for our community to contrivance the declaration of human rights to make our world a better and safe place to live happily.

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