Tuesday, 28 February 2012 03:00

Kobler Hails Human Rights Film Festival as an Initiative to Promote Human Rights Culture in Iraq

Baghdad, 28 February 2012- Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Martin Kobler, attended today the last day of film screening of the first Human Rights Festival “Baghdad Eye” organized at Baghdad University (25-28 February 2012). عربي كوردی

“I commend the organizers and the team that has patiently and painstakingly made this event happen, in particular the Chairman of the Festival, Dr. Mufid Al Jazairi, for this groundbreaking initiative to promote and disseminate in such an accessible way a culture of human rights in Iraq”, SRSG Kobler said.

SRSG Kobler emphasized the significance of the event as an example of pro-active and constructive civil society’s engagement in raising awareness about one of the most important priorities for the country: promotion and protection of human rights. “There can be no democracy without human rights and although progress has been made in Iraq on both fronts, there is still a long way to go to ensure that every and each Iraqi citizen’s rights are fully protected and respected”, SRSG Kobler said.

“Events initiated and organized by the Iraqi civil society such as this festival must be supported and encouraged and civil society, in particular youth, must be provided with the space and the means to do their duty by their people and partake in shaping the Iraq that the people aspire to achieve”, SRSG Kobler said. “The UN family in Iraq stands to ready to assist in this regard”, he concluded.

The four-day film festival included documentaries and fictional films by Iraqi, Arab and Western filmmakers. It was organized by the Iraqi Cultural Association and the Iraqi Independent Film and Television College in partnership with several Iraqi associations and media organizations. It was funded by a number of national and international organizations, including UNAMI, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNESCO, UNDP and UNICEF.

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