The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. In the observance of Human Rights Day, a forum entitled “ Violence and Human Rights Challenges in Urban Settlements” was held at the CSWCD Audio-Visual Room last Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
The forum’s main objective was to mainstream the issue of torture and other forms of human rights violations in an urban settlements. Presentations were linked to the socio-economic context of people living in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City on the issue of policing of urban poor communities by law enforcement agencies. This was co-organized by Balay Rehabilitation Center, Inc. (BALAY), Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY) and the UP College of Social Work and Community Development through the Governance and Peace Cluster and the Doctor in Social Development Program. The presentations were as follows: Torture and Human Rights Violations in Urban Settlements by Karl Alvin Hapal of BALAY and Exploring Policing Urban Settlements by Dr. Steffen Jensen of DIGNITY.
The forum was attended by faculty, staff and students of the university and partners. Dr. Editha V. Maslang, convenor of CSWCD Peace and governance cluster served as the moderator of the forum.
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