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Panel discussion report 43: Human Rights Declaration

1. Overview of the point discussion

Our topic for our group panel discussion was “Human Rights Declaration” and is it                                                           really works in our days? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, was the results of the experience of the Second World War.All of us know about existence of “Human Rights Declaration”, but not all of us familiar with the articles inside this declaration about our rights as human beings. Our group wanted to admonish our students about most violated human rights in our time.

2. The process

  1. Planning

Our group didn’t have big problems with identifying topic for our panel discussion. When our lecturer asked us to form group and choose topic for panel discussion we found each other as a group mates very fast. With some of the members of panel discussion group we already had been working together for other assignments, therefore we were glad to each other again as a group mates. In order to choose topic for our panel discussion we listed down some topics that could be interesting for us and for our audience. Another very important requirement for us in choosing topic was awareness of our group members about this topic. We didn’t want to talk about something which very new for all of us.

  1. Points & arguments/ disagreement/ Resolution

  1. As our moderator we chose Afiqah Sabri .In the beginning of our panel discussion she gave introduction about our topic to the audience and she was asking us question, our opinion on this topic.

  2. The first speaker who gave her opinion on this was Nurzhamal Saparova.She was giving small talk about violation of human rights from the government side. Here some articles from Human Rights  Declaration that she mentioned in her speech:

Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

  1.   Our second speaker was Siti Nor Azimah binti Shuaib. As Malaysian she gave her opinion about implementation of Human Rights Declaration in Malaysia. She mentioned that the prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak signed the first Human Rights Declaration by the ASEAN nations in November 2012.  She gave some examples of not implementing Human Rights Declaration   that happened in Malaysia.

  2. I was the last speaker in our panel discussion; I was giving small speech about high rate of illiteracy  around the world .However article 26 in Human Rights Declaration claims that we all have right for education;

Article 26

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 on the basis of merit.

Our all panellists were concurred that Human Rights Declaration is not being implemented in many countries around the world.

3. The Implementation

  1. Describe the satisfaction/ strength

Our strength was that we all concurred about implementation of Human Rights Declaration. We all agreed that   many countries even with being members of UN

Do not follow Human Rights Declaration.

  1. Dissatisfaction/ weakness

We could do our panel discussion more enhanced by expressing ourselves better in professional manner.  Most probably we couldn’t do it that perfect because of our nervousness that we felt.

4. Learning/Reflection of the Panel Discussion

  1. On information speech & handling questions

While doing preparation for panel discussion we did many researches on our topic; while doing researches we learn many new things about Human Declaration. Since my speech was more about implementation of Human Rights Declaration from educational side I did researches on literacy around the world. Honestly I was shocked with rate of illiteracy people around the world. I knew that there are some illiterates around the world but I didn’t expect that they are still that many.

5. Conclusion

While preparing my speech for panel discussion I verified for myself again the large impact of education on our life. Illiteracy negatively affects many aspects of illiterate person; health, the income, social status and etc. The life style for illiterate person becomes very limited; he cannot enjoy wonder books from world classic literature, he cannot message some funny messages to his friend, he cannot read medicine labels, he cannot enjoy fresh news from morning newspapers and etc. If the country want to be developed it should pay a lot attention to its education system. We should accept the fact that country cannot be developed with illiterate population .Statistics show that most of illiterate people are from not developed countries. Countries with high illiteracy rate are more likely to be disadvantaged in the global economy. I hope in the future every child will have education in order to have healthy and productive life in the future.

6. References

I didn’t use that much article because I tried to add more my own emotions on this topic

  1. 1.      Hammer, K. (2012). Global rate of adult literacy: 84 per cent, but 775 million people still can’t read. The Globe and Mail . Retrieved from

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