The 7th Film Festival "Human Dignity, Equality and Justice," organized jointly by the United Nations Office in Belarus and the EU Delegation to Belarus, opens in Minsk. The opening ceremony was attended by the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, Representative of UN Children's Fund in Belarus Yuri Oksamitny and Representative of the International Organization for Migration in Belarus Zeynal Hajiyev.

The 7th Film Festival "Human Dignity, Equality and Justice," organized jointly by the United Nations Office in Belarus and the EU Delegation to Belarus, opens in Minsk.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Belarus, Representative of UN Children's Fund in Belarus Yuri Oksamitny and Representative of the International Organization for Migration in Belarus Zeynal Hajiyev.

In his speech, Mr. Oksamitny noted that the United Nations remained committed to the ideas contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and it continued to believe in "the dignity and value of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women, promotion of social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom."

He also pointed out that on December, 1 the world community was celebrating a very important day – the World AIDS Day, which this year is held under the motto "Reduce the Gap." On this day, the UN calls for increasment of opportunities in providing equal access to HIV prevention services (testing, treatment, information, social and psychological assistance and support) for all groups of population in each region of the country.

Mr. Hajiyev, on his part, stressed the importance of raising public awareness about the issues of illegal migration and human trafficking presented in a thematic exhibition in the foyer of the cinema "Pobeda" and the films that are shown at the festival. The activities of the state and its law enforcement agencies were important, but they were not sufficient without the active participation of society, said the Representative of the International Organization for Migration.

The Film Festival and the exhibition dedicated to combating human trafficking will continue until December, 10.

More photos from the opening are here