Every December 10th, we commemorate the World’s Human Rights Day. In this year commemoration, December 10, 2011, the TandaBaca Foundation worked with KONTRAS (The Commission for Disappearance and Victims of Violence) and Dignity International held a series of events. The theme is "10th Annual Global Linking and Learning Programme on Human Rights in Development", the various series of activities are carried out from December 1 to 10, 2011 at Puri Artha Hotel Yogyakarta.
At the end of the activities, International Seminar, Human Rights Cultural Parade and the handover of human rights Torch of Peace were held. International Seminar that was conducted by Dignity International with the UGM Faculty of Social Science and Politics, Department of Politics and Government, raised the topic "25 Years after the UN Declaration on the Right to Development – How long more to wait for Development?" A number of speakers present at the seminar included Jerald Joseph (Executive Director of Dignity International), Prof. Dr. Purwo Santoso, MA (Chairman of the Department of Politics and Government), and Haris Azhar of KONTRAS.
The activities on Saturday, December 10, 2011 in the Meeting Room A, UGM PAU Building, were followed by Dignity International representatives from various countries. Those of them come from India, Colombia, Zambia, Cameroon, South Africa, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, Taiwan, Argentina, Kenya, China, Thailand, Uganda, Pakistan, Estonia and France. In addition, there were also UGM students and academics which have concern in the field of human rights and democracy.
In addition to reviewing the progress of the Declaration of Human Rights to Development in the today’s world realities, the international seminar also aims to assess the role and impact of development assistance in the development process as well as featuring the best practices and human rights experiences based on development approach.
That the seminar would like to emphasize and celebrate grassroots struggle for human rights in conjunction with Human Rights Day, December 10, 2011. This event ended with a cultural parade of participants to the Zero Kilometer of Malioboro street, to proceed to the handover ceremony of human rights, Torch of Peace.