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Relaunch of the program for the Swedish Forum for Human Rights in Uppsala!

It is now possible to take part of the updated program for the Swedish Forum for Human Rights, which will take place at Uppsala Konsert & Kongress on the 19th-21st of April 2021! On the theme, Human rights – a question of where you live? there will be more than 100 seminars, discussing how the opportunity to exercise your human rights is related to where you live. More than a hundred interesting speakers will also be part of the program. One of them is Leilani Farha, former United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing and the founder of The Shift.

Leilani Farha

Human rights are universal and the place where you live your life should not determine if your fundamental rights are being fulfilled. Still, it is possible to see major differences in how people’s rights are being respected, protected and realized, depending on where in the world, country or city they live. Why is that, and how can we build societies where everyone can enjoy their human rights regardless of where they live?

One of the most prominent guests at the forum is Leilani Farha, former United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing and the founder of The Shift, an international movement working to secure the right to housing. Farah is also the key figure in the award winning documentary PUSH by Fredrik Gertten. In the documentary, which explores why housing needs to be a social good rather than a commodity, Farah, among other places, visits Gottsunda in Uppsala.

From the program:

  • Why we need a just transition – for a sustainable planet.
  • Human rights and safety – starting from where you live
  • Land rights – what is the responsibility of investors?
  • Pandemics, disasters and human rights
  • Where you live and who you are determines climate crisis effect

Among the participants you will also find Per Bolund, Minister for Financial Markets and Housing, Marie Linder, Chairman The tenants’ association, Göran Enander, Governor in Uppsala, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Actor and director, Ola Larsmo, Author and board member PEN International, Elena Namli, Professor of Ethics at the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University, Olga Person, Chairman Unizon, Elisabeth Dahlin, Ombudsman for children, Hewan Temesghen, General secretary Fairtrade Sweden, Samantha Smith, Director Just Transition Center and many more!

See the entire program HERE!

Safe meetings

We are still hoping that we will be able to meet under somewhat normal circumstances during the spring of 2021. Until then, we are working together with Uppsala Konsert & Kongress to make sure we can offer safe environments where it is possible to meet at a safe distance. We are also looking into the possibility to digitalize parts of the program to make it available for those who cannot attend in person. We continuously follow the development, as well as the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s recommendations and restrictions. Since we don’t know how many people we will be allowed to gather in April we have also paused the registration but will open it back up again in the beginning of 2021, when we know more about the circumstances in which the Forum will take place.

The Swedish Forum for Human Rights will be postponed until the 19-21 of April 2021

Due to the ongoing pandemic there are many challenges in organizing a big forum, such as the Swedish Forum for Human Rights. Because of this we have decided, along with Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, that the Swedish Forum for Human Rights will be postponed until the 19-21 of April 2021.

We are very disappointed to be unable to follow through with this year’s forum as planned, but we are at the same time happy to announce that we have found an alternative solution. We hope that the decision to post pone is taken well in advance, so that everyone is still able to meet under safe circumstances next spring. We apologize for any complications that the change of date might have caused for you as a visitor, organizer or exhibitor. Our goal is to follow through with the forum next year, whilst taking the the circumstances surrounding the pandemic in to count to be able to offer you a safe meeting space.

-We are looking forward to meeting program organizers, exhibitors and visitors next year. The change of date is a challenge to our organization, but we hope that we together with you are going to be able to continue to build this unique meeting place for years to come. A forum like the Swedish Forum for Human Rights is needed now more than ever, says Caroline Matsson, project manager.

A new schedule and current information about programs and exhibitions will be published on www.mrdagarna.se  during the fall. Essentially, all the programs and exhibitions that were planned for December 2020 will be moved til April 2021. Purchased tickets are still valid.

The theme for the program, ”Human rights – a matter of where you live?” is still the same, but questions about how the Covid-19 pandemic has effected human rights will also be discussed.

-During the Corona pandemic the need for an universal respect towards human rights has been made visible and in retrospect it will be highly important to continue to spread information about human rights and demand that it should not be dependent on where in the city, country or in the world you live. Going forward we will have to gather strength together, says Caroline Matsson.

What will The Swedish Forum for Human Rights do to ensure safe meetings on the 19-21 of April 2021?
Even though we are hoping to be able to meet under ”normal” circumstances soon, it is likely that there will be regulations regarding big meetings in the time ahead. Therefore we, together with Uppsala Konsert & Kongress and other organizers, are looking in to what we can do in April 2021 to be able to offer an event that is as safe as possible. Governmental recommendations and regulations will be followed which means that some aspects of the forum might look slightly different for recurrent visitors.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Uppsala next year!

More than 40 seminars will be interpreted to sign language!

The Swedish Forum for Human Rights strives to be an accessible place and we are continuously working to achieve this goal. This year we have more than 40 seminars that will be interpreted to sign language. They cover everything from Agenda 2030 to the global food system. Please note that the seminars below will be interpreted to Swedish sign language.

Thursday 17/11:
Opening ceremony
09.30-10.30 High Live 1

Economic, social and cultural rights – what do they mean?
11.00-12.00 High Live 1

Delaktighet oavsett funktionsförmåga (this seminar will also be interpreted to written language)
11.00-12.00 High Live 3

Human Rights Cities and Regions – What’s their characteristics?
11.00-12.00 Live 2

Våga prata om psykisk ohälsa i arbetslivet!
11.00-12.00 Live 3

Funktionshinderrörelsen mobiliserar sig: det är dags att få rätt!
11.00-12.00 Live 6+7

The global food system – solution or villain?
13.00-14.30 High Live 1

Att kalla det nåt annat? Konsekvenser av att (inte) prata MR
13.00-14.30 High Live 2

Delaktighet oavsett funktionsförmåga (this seminar will also be interpreted to written language)
13.00-14.30 High Live 3

Förskolans och skolans mänskliga rättigheter i praktiken
13.00-14.30 High Live 4

Rättighetsbaserad konflikthantering – fokus barn och unga
13.00-14.30 Live 8

Agenda 2030 på plats – och nu då?
15.00-16.00 High Live 1

Mänskliga rättigheter i praktiken – ord och verkstad
15.00-16.00 High Live 4

Med lagen som verktyg
15.00-16.00 Live 3

Praktisk normkritik i skolan och förskolan
15.00-16.00 Live 8

Europarådet och EU – är asylrätten på väg att försvinna?
16.30-17.30 High Live 1

Mänskliga rättigheter – rätt, politik och moral
16.30-17.30 High Live 2

Mänskliga rättigheter i praktiken – att medskapa samråd
16.30-17.30 High Live 4

Hur kan vi motverka nätrasism bland unga?
16.30-17.30 Live 1

Children with disabilities and the right to inclusion
16.30-17.30, Live 8

Friday 18/11:
Organizing the selfemployed women
9.00-10.00 High Live 1

Civilsamhället viktigt för nyanländas etablering!
9.00-10.00 Live 1

Mänskliga rättigheter i och inför kris – är rättsstaten hotad?
9.00-10.00 Live 4+5

Vem tar ansvar för individens rätt att inte diskrimineras?
9.00-10.00 Live 8

Refugee Crisis – for whom?
10.30-12.00 High Live 1

Är systematisk uppföljning av MR (o)möjligt?
10.30-12.00 High Live 2

Sakligt motiverad eller koppling till kön?
10.30-12.00 Live 3

Förvar och deportation
13.00-14.00 High Live 1

Från patient till medborgare – 16 år senare!
13.00-14.00 High Live 2

Nationella minoriteter och urfolket samerna – nästa steg?
13.00-14.00 High Live 3

Stärkande av barnets rättigheter genom lag och kunskap
13.00-14.00 Live 1

Regeringens hbt-strategi – vad hände sen?
13.00-14.00 Live 6+7

Alla hästar hemma
14.30-16.00 High Live 1

Visselblåsaren Anders Kompass om civilkurage
16.30-17.30 High Live 1

Women refugees – brave and vulnerable
16.30-17.30 High Live 4

Samvetsfrihet i arbetslivet – varför ska vi ha det?
16.30-17.30 Live 1

Alla unga har rätt till sexualupplysning, även nyanlända!
16.30-17.30 Live 4+5

Saturday 19/11:
Militarism from a feminist perspective
10.00-11.30 High Live 1

Dangerous ideas – freedom of expression and the right to Culture
10.00-11.30 Kuben

Extract companies and accountability for human rights violations
10.00-11.30 High Live 3

The precariat – the new dangerous class
12.00-13.00 High Live 1

Afrosvenskars utsatthet för diskriminering
12.00-13.00 Live 1

Vittnesseminarium med berättelser om den svenska asylpolitiken och hösten 2015
13.30-14.30 High Live 1

Hur ser diskrimineringen av muslimer i Sverige ut?
13.30-14.30 Live 1

Avslutning: De mänskliga rättigheternas framtid
15.00-16.00

These seminars are highlighted both in the printed programme (with the symbol of two hands) and online.

Freedom of expression and the right to culture

Issa Touma in his gallery in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Hagob Vanisian

“Culture should be part of the society although if there is a war going on”, says the syrian artist and photographer Issa Touma in an interview in the Swedish Radio P1 Tuesday the 27th of September. Despite the ongoing violence in Aleppo in Syria he has continued to work with his gallery Le Pont Gallery there, among other things with an annual international photofestival. During The Swedish Forum for Human Rights in Malmö he will take part in the seminar ”Dangerous ideas – freedom of expression and the right to culture.”

Issa Touma lives since 2015 in Gävle and during the Forum writers, artists and musicians will be part of the programme. In this panel they will discuss what it is about art, music and literature that frightens people in power. Participants: Jude Dibia, writer and novelist, Ramy Essam, musician, Issa Touma, artist and gallerist. Moderator: Naeimeh Doostdar Sanaye, journalist and writer.

Dangerous ideas – freedom of expression and the right to culture
Time: Saturday 10.00–11.30 Kuben

The seminar will be held in English and intepreted to sign language.

Correction in the program paper

Our program paper for this year’s Forum has just been printed and is now distributed. Unfortunately we discovered some errors in the schedule with miniseminars on page 39. The errors concerns three miniseminars on Stora scen on the exhibition square during saturday the 19th of november. The seminars are: ”Kränkningar av MR och det internationella ansvaret”, ”Kvinnors ekonomiska situation i Afghanistan” and ”Papperslös men inte hopplös”. The seminars will be held in arabic, dari and parsian, but the texts on these languages have been wrong and are therefor difficult to read. We are so sorry for this mistake!

Here are the correct versions of the seminars:

Saturday 10.30–11.00 Kränkningar av MR och det internationella ansvaret

Saturday 11.00–11.30 Kvinnors ekonomiska situation i Afghanistan

Saturday 13.30–14.00 Papperslös men inte hopplös