This year’s edition of the Swedish Forum for Human Rights has passed and it is with great joy and pride that we behind the scenes now look back. What we experienced during the three days at Kulturhuset in Stockholm is – still – almost overwhelming. From committed participants enjoying a coffee break while listening to one of the many mini-seminars in Ekoteket, or glancing with curiosity at the interactive dance shows, to actively debating the discrimination experienced by Romani people or the economic situation in Greece in seminar halls, or simply walking about among the many organisation exhibitions. Each and every encounter, every conversation and thought on the possibilities of, and the challenges to, human rights is something we are very proud of.
We are happy and very content with the opportunities and successes that have been shared with us. We are upset, but more importantly encouraged to take action, by the challenges to human rights remaining ahead. As many of the seminars during the forum reminded us of, the challenges to the universal application and practice of human rights are numerous – not only in Sweden but all over the world. Our hope is that you who participated feel the same way we do. All of us were part of making the Swedish Forum for Human Rights of 2013 a success, and the work for next year’s Forum, which will take place in Umeå, is already starting.
Let’s hope that the obstacles and challenges to human rights identified in Stockholm, rather can be seen as opportunities or even advancements when we meet again in Umeå in 2014!
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