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What: “Meet Human Rights Defenders” Reception and Fair (to commemorate International Human Rights Day in Azerbaijan)
When: 10 December 2013, 20:00-22:00
Where: Park Inn hotel, Dan Ulduzu Room
The “Meet Human Rights Defenders” fair serves as an educational event and addresses country’s human rights concerns. This event aims to create solidarity/ synergies between international (donor) community, media and other civil society stakeholders with the human rights defenders working in Azerbaijan.
At the “Meet Human Rights Defenders” fair, country human rights organizations will be offered a unique opportunity to promote their work and meet with prospective donors and allies. Each organization will be provided with a booth to display their public communication materials as well as publications related to human rights. During the two-hour fair, attendees will have opportunity to see various educational materials on human rights.
The event will be an opportunity for the civil society, international community, media, possibly members of Azerbaijani parliament, Milli Meclis to meet and share views on the human rights challenges and way forward.
Activities include an opening cocktail, minimum 10 thematic stands at the exhibition space & informal debate.
The event is being organized by Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Baku and Copenhagen-based NGO International Media Support.
Background: Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Although the Declaration with its broad range of political, civil, social, cultural and economic rights is not a binding document, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights. Today the general consent of all United Nations Member States on the basic Human Rights laid down in the Declaration makes it even stronger and emphasizes the relevance of Human Rights in our daily lives.