Human Rights Day marked by campaign for democracy
Today, on the International Human Rights Day, Civil Rights Defenders starts a collaboration with the human rights campaign Art for Democracy. The campaign is launched by the Baku-based Human Rights Club and aims at promoting democratic reform and respect for human rights in Azerbaijan, through artistic expressions in all forms.
“Art is a powerful tool in promoting human rights and that is something very needed in Azerbaijan where grave human rights abuses are committed. During the Eurovision song contest we saw the power of music and we think other forms of art can greatly contribute to promoting human rights as well. We look forward to continue cooperating with our azeri colleagues in this new format – Art for Democracy”, says Joanna Kurosz, Programme Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Civil Rights Defenders.
Art for Democracy will bring together Azerbaijan’s artistic and human rights communities and also provide support to artists subjected to human rights violations.
“We are excited to announce the launch of Art for Democracy,” said Human Rights Club Chairman and Art for Democracy Coordinator Rasul Jafarov. “It will be the first campaign of its kind in Azerbaijan, and we hope this new, creative approach will be effective.”
Art for Democracy is built on the concept of the Sing for Democracy campaign, which used the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 as a platform to draw attention to the human rights situation in Azerbaijan.Achievements.
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