In December 1982 a seminar was held in Lucknow, India, on Rural Development and Human Rights in South Asia, organised by the ICJ and the Human Rights Institute, Lucknow.
This was the seventh of a series of third world seminars organised by the ICJ, the previous ones being in Dar-e-Salaam (1976), Barbados (1977), Dakar (1978), Bogota (1979), Kuwait (1980) and Penang (1981).
The participants, who came from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka included practicing lawyers, judges, law teachers, economists and political scientists as well as members of grass-roots non-governmental organisations working with the rural poor, and representatives of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The main discussions took place in committees, and the subjects discussed included agricultural and economic policies; socio-economic structures at village level; land tenure and land reform; organisations of rural workers; landless labour and bonded labour; tribals, migrants and other disadvantaged minorities; the role of women in development; population control; health services; violence and counter violence; and legal aid and legal resources for the rural poor.
rural development and human rights in South Asia-conference report-1983-eng (full text in English, PDF)
Conclusions and recommendations of the seminar:
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