Tashi Pelden | Organization for Youth Empowerment

I, Tashi Pelden, proudly attests to the successful completion of my Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights from the University of Asia Pacific, Dhakha, from 2019 to 2020. This journey has been transformative, equipping me with invaluable knowledge and skills essential for human rights activism, law, policy, and advocacy.

Throughout the course, I delved into the intricate fabric of human rights, exploring international and regional treaties that form the backbone of human rights protection worldwide. I gained profound insights into how international law serves as a guardian of human rights, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries.

A cornerstone of my education was understanding the moral principles underpinning human rights standards. I came to appreciate that fundamental rights are inherent to all individuals, irrespective of demographic differences. Dignity, fairness, equality, respect, and independence emerged as the shared values enshrined in law to safeguard humanity.

Central to my learning was the recognition of the state’s paramount duty in protecting, promoting, and implementing human rights and fundamental freedoms. This encompassed a wide spectrum of actions across social, economic, political, and legal domains.

In exploring forensic practices, I gained insight into the meticulous application of scientific and investigative techniques in legal proceedings. This understanding proved instrumental in comprehending the complexities of evidence gathering and dispute resolution within the judicial system.

Moreover, I acquired knowledge of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms, such as mediation and arbitration, offering alternative pathways for conflict resolution outside traditional court settings. These approaches not only foster efficiency but also prioritize the parties’ autonomy and well-being.

Undertaking a thesis on domestic violence against women and children in the Bhutanese context was a defining aspect of my academic journey. This research endeavor enabled me to grasp the multifaceted nature of domestic violence and underscored the urgency of education and prevention initiatives in safeguarding vulnerable populations.

In sum, my Master’s journey has been a transformative odyssey, deepening my understanding of human rights principles and sharpening my skills as an advocate for justice and equality. I emerge from this experience with a profound sense of purpose, ready to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of human rights in our global community.