10 December, Tbilisi – The European Union and its partners hosted a Human Rights Fest: Know Your Rights in Tbilisi Mall to raise public awareness on human rights and fundamental freedoms that all people in Georgia are entitled to.
EU grantees and partners such as the Georgian Civil Society Sustainability Initiative (implemented by Konrad Adenauer Foundation and partners), the Legal Aid Service of Georgia, the State Inspector’s Service, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, Education Development and Employment Center and Caucasus Environmental NGO Network presented information on different human rights through entertainment activities – fun games, quizzes and challenges.
“Human Rights are at the heart of EU actions in Georgia, reflected in every project funded under different thematic areas. Through our interventions we try to cover a wide array of economic, social, civic and cultural rights,” – says Yvonne Gogoll, Human Rights Focal Point at the EU Delegation to Georgia. “This would not be possible without EU partners and grantees that have been using most innovative approaches to raise public awareness and address rights of most vulnerable groups.”
The evening was completed with a flash-mob of Georgian dancers where young people performing Khorumi engaged the public into the dance, underlining the message of equality, unity and togetherness.
About Human Rights Day
Each year, Human Rights Day is celebrated on 10 December to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948, guaranteeing fundamental rights and freedoms for all. Motivated by the experiences of the preceding world wars, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first time that countries agreed on a comprehensive statement of inalienable human rights. This year, Human Rights Day is celebrated under the motto “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.”
The European Union and Human Rights
The European Union is founded on the principles of liberty, democracy and respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. It is committed to ensuring both the fundamental human rights for EU citizens, as well as promoting those rights worldwide.
In Georgia, the EU works closely with the government, state bodies, NGOs and CSOs in raising awareness on and promoting human rights.
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