Human Rights Film Festival underway in Suva

THE Human Rights Film Festival 2018 began last night at the Damodar City Complex in Suva.

Since this year marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office for the Pacific, the European Union and its member states have partnered to organise the week-long festival.

This is aimed at raising awareness and  promote understanding of how the Universal Declaration empowers all and encourage further reflection on the ways that people can stand up for rights every day.

The partners of the event also included the South African High Commission, the Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne, Alliance Francaise, NGO Coalition of Human Rights and Damodar City Cinemas.

Chargé d’Affaire Delegation of the European Union(EU) for the Pacific , Galia Agishevaat while speaking at the event said timing of this year’s film festival was symbolic as the world celebrated the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“We are convinced that sustainable peace and stability, long-term development and prosperity cannot exist without respect for human rights and democratic institutions,” Ms Agishevaat said.

“I would like to express sincere appreciation to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Regional Office, the European Union Member States, the South African High Commission, the Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne, Alliance Francaise, NGO Coalition of Human Rights and Damodar City Cinemas for partnering to organise this important event .”

Film Screening starts at 6pm all on four days. This afternoon sees the screening of movie Black Diamonds.

French movie “Persepolis” will be screened tomorrow with “We Want Roses Too” to be screened on Friday.

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