Youth Discusses Human Rights and Wrongs at HuRiCamp

Dec 10, 2015

A panel discussion with the representatives of the UN, CoE, OSCE and EU.

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, on 10 December 2015, the UN in Armenia in partnership with OSCE office in Yerevan, Council of Europe office in Yerevan and EU Delegation to Armenia organized an unconference on human rights - HuRiCamp - at the American University of Armenia.

Human rights activists, defenders, representatives of civil society organizations, and youth came together to speak on a broad range of human rights issues in Armenia. In a friendly, cooperative environment designed to educate, share learning and inspire collaboration, speakers shared their ideas, solutions, challenges and achievements in tackling human rights issues in Armenia.

The event kicked off with a panel discussion with the representatives of the UN, CoE, OSCE and EU, who shared their inspirational stories about their work in tackling human rights and the important work the organizations are doing in the country. Following the discussion, participants were invited to crowdsource the agenda of the event by signing up for one of the twelve 20-minute slots on a white board.

Young speakers touched upon a wide range of interesting and provocative topics, including gender-based violence and women’s rights, human rights violations, impact of social media in the protection of human rights, the rights of the displaced minorities, the rights of sexual minorities, the use of technology in election monitoring and reporting on police violence, the use of art, mainly photography and theatre, in the protection of human rights, to name but a few.

The participants were free to use the “rule of two feet” to move between the parallel sessions. This format, inspired by BarCamp – an innovative way for bloggers, IT and new media professionals to share the recent industry trends and developments – allows the participants to share their ideas and debate on several issues in a less formal environment. While BarCamp Yerevan has been successfully running in Armenia for almost a decade now, it is only the second year HuRiCamp is held in Armenia. Nevertheless, the event has already managed to attract significant interest within the professional and non-professional communities alike.

This year along with the sessions promoting the importance of human rights in various aspects of life, the event was concluded with the screening of “ElectricYerevan: A Day of Violated Rights” documentary film, produced by Public Journalism Club, illustrating the #ElectricYerevan mass protests against the electricity price hike and the police crackdown of the peaceful demonstrators on 23 June, as well as inspiring especially younger generations to stand up for their rights.

In the spirit of the Human Rights Day, the participants demonstrated their interest and dedication to the human rights issues through their challenging questions and valuable comments on the issues raised by the speakers.

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