The Deanship of Student Affairs at Princess Sumaya University for Technology organized a range of activities to mark International Human Rights Day. This year sees the 70th anniversary of the resolution by the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was taken on December 10, 1948. The event began with the launch of balloons, on which PSUT students had written the most important articles from the Declaration of Human Rights, carried out in cooperation with the University's Schools.
On the sidelines of the celebration of International Human Rights Day, the President of the University, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, opened the free art exhibition displaying work from students of various Jordanian universities. Prof. Al-Refai took a tour of the exhibition to view the drawings which depict the articles of the Declaration. He also stopped to look at the booth set up by the Model United Nations Club (MUN).
PSUT faculty member Dr. Ramzy Radaideh pointed out in his speech that the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights constituted a fundamental turning point in the life of mankind. It was the first time that countries agreed to formulate a universal value system that can be applied to all human beings without discrimination. The Declaration is a historical document consisting of a set of rights that every person has the right to enjoy simply by the fact that he is a human being. It also came as an important step towards effective regulation of the protection of these rights on the global level, as it established human rights as a universal value system that transcends geographical boundaries, not as an internal issue related to the relationship of the individual with his country and government.
The activities included a video presentation on the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as theatrical sketches presented by PSUT’s branch of MUN. A group of overseas students also presented a video about human rights and students from the various Schools put on a theatrical sketch. In addition, there was a musical performance from the band, ‘Rouh Al-Sharq’.
At the end of the celebration, PSUT’s President, Prof. Al-Refai, his deputy Dr. Ghaith Al-Rabadi, and the Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Rami Salem presented honors to the participating students, the winners of the free drawing competition, and the panel of judges.