One of the main aims of the law is to protect people's rights. This is where human rights came from. These very basic rights are there to be enjoyed by every human being irrespective of any classification such as gender, age, race, religion, etc. Sadly a vast majority of the world population is deprived of human rights. In extreme cases, people are deprived of all human rights. Their suffering goes beyond any word could describe. Who we are fortunate enough to have the privilege of human rights should strive for the rights of underprivileged one. However, often it is harder for us to realize how privileged we are. American sociologist, Prof Michael Kimmel said in this regards “Privilege is invisible to those who have it.”
The privilege that we enjoy makes us morally responsible to stand up for the underprivileged one. If we do not speak up for their rights in our good time then there may come a time when our own rights will be violated and there will be none to stand for us. It is important to remind ourselves that we all are living on the same planet and the sufferings of any part of the inhabitants of this planet will eventually have an impact on all of us. For instance, when a war happens it not merely affect the people who live in the war zone but also brings devastating consequences to the global climate.
The law and human rights are inextricably linked with each other. This is why; law students should have a special focus on human rights. Being aware and work on human rights issues are not only a means to give a little back to our community but also it can be beneficial for a career in any practice of area of law. This is for the reason that elements of human rights are expanded in every area of law. Every court and public authorities must align any decision they made with the freedom laid out in the European Convention on Human Rights. Even sovereign parliamentary acts cannot be incompatible with a convention right.
Regardless of your intended area of future legal practice, human rights law is relevant to every law student as it is applicable in domestic court and law. Effective application of these human rights ensures the minimum standard of justice whether it can be the idea of a fair trial, the right of family life or freedom of expression.
There are plenty of opportunities for law students to work on human rights projects. All you need is your willingness and commitment to take part in one of these human rights projects. Your knowledge and privilege can make a real difference to establish social justice. Your participation in one of these projects will not only serves the benefits of our society alone but also boosts your soft skills. This can be a great way to improve your CV and will give you a starting point to talk in your interview. You can find these opportunities without many hurdles via Pro Bono Centre at BPP, Law Works or even by joining the student societies such as Amnesty.
Md. Ahsanul Wadud
Amnesty Student Society