Seminar “Human rights, memory and public policies”

When, local time: 
Friday, 30 October 2015 -
9:00am to 2:10pm
Where: 
Chile, Santiago de Chile
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
comunicaciones.santiago@unesco.org

The Cultural Centre of La Moneda Presidential Palace will be the venue of a seminar focused on analysing the development of public policies related to human rights. The discussion will include crimes against humanity committed during dictatorships and the responsibility of public institutions during the reparation and reconciliation process.
The discussion will also be focused on the management of documentary heritage, both from the perspective of journalists and researchers, as well as the general public, with the purpose of raising awareness among stakeholders about the relevance of preserving the Memory of the World.

The seminar will be held as part of the commemoration of the International Day against the Impunity of Crimes committed against Journalists. Within this framework, the UNESCO Office in Chile expects it to be a platform for deepening the national debate on the issue of journalists’ safety, human rights and the importance of collective memory.

This event is carried out on a juncture where the issue of ‘human rights’ is particularly present in the national debate in Chile and will allow to sensitize the broad community in regard to the need of designing public policies that integrate this concept in different areas, including education. Moreover, Chile is in the process of establishing the Human Rights Undersecretary Office, which, besides harmonizing human rights related efforts in the subject, will help in the development of comprehensive public policies.

The seminar will also offer a space for artistic expression for youth and children, with the purpose of incorporating and strengthening basic concepts of human rights in their education.