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Redefining Human Rights in an African Context: The Role of Youth in embracing Cultural Diversities and Universalism.

The International Bill of Rights (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966; and the International Covenant on Economic and Sociocultural Rights, 1966) depicts universal minimum standards for recognition and protection of the inalienable rights of humankind. Notwithstanding the debate between cultural relativism and universality of human rights, it is indisputable that diversities in social and ethnic backgrounds, geopolitics, genders and sexual orientation among others influence the ways people see, interpret and appeal to human rights.

The event will offer space for African youth in the East African Community region to deliberate on the modality of human rights they envision towards a better future. The conversation will range from human rights in politics (freedom of expression and right of speech), sociocultural rights (gender equality, its intersections, and the role played by technology in influencing and designating human rights.