The Swedish Forum for Human Rights is the biggest annual forum on human rights in the Scandinavian countries. The forum is held in November every year at various places in Sweden, focusing on a variety of themes concerning human rights. More than 2.000 participants from non-governmental organizations, Universities, businesses and authorities on a central, regional and local level as well as teachers and students from secondary schools and colleges take part in various seminars and workshops.
Information and theme 2014: Raising voices for rights (Röster för rättigheter)
The Swedish Forum for Human Rights will take place at Folkets Hus in the city of Umeå on November 13th to 15th 2014. This year, the Forum will focus on Human Rights and Culture, under the headline Raising voices for rights. We will be addressing the right to culture and the use of cultural expressions as a tool for resistance and a tool for promoting human rights. In addition, we will also discuss the processes that foster a democratic culture and reverse – what may post a threat to democracy.
The Right to Culture What is the meaning of the right to culture? Are there limits to the freedom of speech and what happens when individual and group rights collide? What role does a minority culture play as a creator of identity? What does the concept of children’s culture mean? The questions are many and during this year’s Forum, we wish to discuss these and many more under the theme ”Right to Culture”.
Culture as a Tool Culture can serve as a tool to strengthen and promote human rights, for example as an educational tool in schools. Culture can also be used as a resistance or to influence the established political discourse. Through examples from history and today, we want to be inspired by the cultural expressions of political change. How can culture serve as a bridge between communities? What example are there linked to the theme ”Culture as a Tool”?
Culture and Democracy As part of a third theme, we want to draw attention to culture and democracy. Culture and democracy are often intertwined because political cultures can affect values concerning political participation, elections and violations of rights. Which institutions and attitudes are essential for a democratic culture? How do we maintain a democratic culture and what are the threats that can undermine the democratic process? Within the theme ”Culture and Democracy” we want to discuss a range of issues related to a so-called democratic culture.
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