Cultural rights advocate speaks at BSU R&E seminar series

By BSU UPAO - Posted on 31 January 2018

As part of the Benguet State University Research and Extension (BSU – R&E) Seminar Series, a training on Ethics and Cultural Rights was conducted at the BSU Strawberry Hall on January 19, 2018.

Joji K. Cariño of the Forest People’s Program was the resource speaker in the said training.

“I want to underline that this is a very difficult time, it is a transformative time in terms of making decisions,” stressed Cariño.

Cariño added that this generation of booming technology affects the overall natural biodiversity and contributes to societal inequalities too.

Being in this transformative age, she encouraged the participants to adapt a more sustainable, just, equal, and value-laden society.

In addition, Cariño gave examples of multiple frameworks in a society which can be used depending to their relevance for the concerned individual. However, she said that one should still consult the law when identifying the rights of each individual.

Cariño said that there are two integral basis on the cultural rights which are the: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.

After discussing the general points on ethics and cultural rights, she also talked about the importance of Intellectual property rights; and the responsibilities of researchers towards society, science, and fellow researchers.

She said that in the field of research it is pertinent to consider the end-users, which is humanity. Considering the ethics, policies, and individual dogma, it is imperative to concentrate all of these energies for the greater good.

“Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life the community, enjoy the arts, and share in scientific advancements and its benefits,”.

These things (social inequalities)are actually interrelated issues and they relate very much to institutes and governance; how we develop our norms, how we vision our futures,”Cariño concluded.

Ruth S. Batani, Director of the Office of Extension Services stated the importance of indigenous knowledge in contributing to the ethical decision making of a society.//Mikeen Penchog