The closing ceremony of the World Forum on Human Rights had a concert, a report of the activities, a group hug and the announcement of the next countries to host the meeting: in 2014 will be in Morocco, while the Forum in 2015 will be held in Argentina. The delegations of both countries celebrated the choice.Read more...
Debate 9: Communication and Human Rights. Catalina Botero (Colombia), Frank de la Rue (Guatemala), and Damiàn Loredi (Argentina) debated the right to communication as a tool to the promotion of human rights, focusing on both the new media and traditional media.Read more...
Brazilian sociologist Emir Sader made on Friday (Dec 13) the opening lecture of the Debate #8: Culture on Human Rights, besides the Cape-Verdean Zelinda Cohen and Somali Deco Aden Mohamed.
Emir Sader emphasized the social progress of Latin America countries, but criticized the violence that still remains. Citing specifically Brazil and Venezuela, the sociologist recognized the expansion of economic rights of huge population, benefited by the Bolsa Família, but criticized the increasing violence, especially against young people from the periphery.
“The Brazilian government does an important work to reduce inequality, but on the other hand the conditions of violence have worsened,” he said, citing Paraguayan and Bolivian workers subjected to conditions analogous to slavery in São Paulo.
Sociologists attribute this violence to the lack of a culture on Human Rights, which, according to him, is associated with the absence of an educational and communication system that emphasize democratic values. “We need to convey a content guided by the Human Rights to the same population group receiving the Bolsa Família. Today, if you ask one of these presenters of sensationalist programs about human rights, the question won’t even make sense to him."
According to Emir Sader, the mass communication Medias privilege a way of life that encourages consumerism and raise money at the highest level of society. “That is, who has no money does not exist for the capitalist system. And who does not exist does not have human rights,” he said.
Source: SDH/PR’s Office of Communications