On December 1, 2018, film festival “Human Dignity, Equality, Justice” was officially opened in Pioner Cinema. Film screenings co-organized by European Union Delegation to Belarus and United Nations Organisation in Belarus were held from 1 to 10 December in Minsk for the 11th year in a row.

It is remarkable that the Festival opened on the World AIDS Day with screening of well-known “Dallas Buyers Club” by Jean-Marc Vallée, the film portraying stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Speaking to the audience, the UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Belarus Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki said: “In ten days, the world community will observe the Human Rights Day this year celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration stating inalienable rights of every human being has served as the foundation for numerous subsequent international documents and national constitutions. Human Rights provide the basis for peaceful society and sustainable development.”

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Head of EU Delegation to Belarus Andrea Viktorin and US Charge d’Affairs Jenifer H. Moor attended the opening ceremony of the festival.

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Festival programme included movies from Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Iran, Italy, US, France, and motion pictures showed at the Global Migration Film Festival.

The films provided by the embassies and international organizations concerned a wide range of human rights issues including the fight against hatred, discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia, and intolerance, and also violence against children, women, people with disabilities, AIDS victims, and any vulnerable social groups.

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The cinema hall hosted two exhibitions: the author’s project represented by Olga Baburina who expressed the message of thirty articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the language of folk traditional papercuts; and the exhibition of prize winners of “Draw your Rights” children’s contest dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration. Every visitor of the festival performances could receive a copy of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Belarusian or Russian.

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