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Human rights education

Presentations and a sharing of educational and artistic experiences will be the main focus of the event taking place next week in Colombia.

“Recreate power, recreate the imagination” is the slogan of the new forum of debate on Human Rights taking place in Bogota between the 9th and 11th of October.

Groups who develop educational resources to raise awareness on the pursuit of Human Rights, including educational, social, and community groups, will be taking part.

The aim of Human Rights education is to alter and critically examine the personal and social practices which give rise to violations of people’s dignity. The fundamental problem lies in the fact that the majority of the population affected by such violations do not report them officially, and so the perpetrators and acts they commit remain fee from punishment.

The event will also examine the dispute between NGOs and the Colombian government, who fail both qualitatively and quantitatively to maintain a coherent view of the reality of Human Rights in the country.

The II National Forum of Human Right Education (II Foro Nacional de Educación en Derechos Humanos) has been put into place to address these issues. This year’s event hopes to raise awareness in the field through generating socio-political debate, promoting cultural activities and an exchange of educational experiences and a balanced discussion of public policies. This will be reached through interaction between different sectors and social organisations such as schools, universities, and citizens in general.

International speakers at the event will include Isabelino Siede, from the University of Buenos Aires, and Pia Matta, President of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (Red Mundial de Emisoras Comunitarias) and the Florestan Fernandes School from the Landless Workers Movement (MST) (Movimiento sin Tierra) in Brazil.

The event will take place on the 9th, 10th and 11th October in the Antiguo Teatro México, Jorge Enrique Molina Hall, Highway 21-38, Bogota, DC. Entry is free with prior registration.

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(Translated by Claudia Rennie – Email:

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