International Conference on the Role of Universities in Human Trafficking Law (Kochi, Kerala, India)
International Conference at Bharata Mata College - Institute of Management, School of Social Justice (Kochi, Kerala) on the Role of Universities in Human Trafficking Law. The topic anchored around the prevalent question to ignite action: What can students do? Aside form research and coming up with recommendations – a simple yet effective effort is always needed: Raise awareness and advocate for change wherever needed through the lens of Human Rights Law: “we have to be our brother’s keeper” shared Professor Pati especially when “nature can feed everyone’s needs but not everyone’s greed”.
When asked what is human trafficking, one of the students put it perfectly, the illegal “commodification of human beings” stripping a human of their rights. It is crucial to pay attention to the value and respect society has for all human beings. Dr. George Madathiparambil offered some additional perspecitve by adding “A day ago the President of the U.S. was in India – and he said in his parting message to the students of Delhi – that every woman should have the right to walk freely through the streets of India. And only when that happens then everyone is equal before the law. And everyone is given the right to enjoy what is given in the Constitution of India. Then India becomes a democracy; independent and fully capable of advancing to the Modern Era. So this is what we have to accomplish”. He reminded the students that as community that is also on the cusp of great prosperity and development; “you have a great role to perform and once you take up this project and fight for these issues not only will your academic knowledge grow but also your human life will develop”.