Museums Fight for Human Rights

. July 4, 2010 . 0 Comments

National Museums Liverpool hosts international conference

Campaigners from around the world will converge on Liverpool for the first ever conference for museums which fight injustice.

The Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM) will have its inaugural meeting in the city on 15-16 September.

The conference will be coordinated by National Museums Liverpool’s critically acclaimed International Slavery Museum at the Albert Dock. It will welcome key human rights activists from around the globe.

FIHRM is a new initiative which will bring together some of the world’s leading museums and organisations which deal with sensitive and controversial subjects such as transatlantic slavery and the Holocaust.

The Federation will offer proactive ways in which museums and institutions can work together to challenge forms of racism, discrimination and human rights abuses.

David Fleming, Director National Museums Liverpool and FIHRM President, said:

“Museums are not just about artefacts and the past. This landmark Federation is about sharing, working together and being proactive.

“It will look at ways institutions challenge contemporary forms of racism, discrimination and human rights abuses. We believe these issues are best confronted collectively rather than individually.

“We’ve had a lot of interest worldwide for what is an historic coming together of key museums who want to make a difference.”

Kevin Bales, President and Founder of Free the Slaves based in Washington DC, will deliver a keynote speech which will address modern day slavery and how museums can become more active campaigners .

FIHRM is backed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) and representatives from the organisation will attend the conference.

FIHRM is a truly global initiative and has already attracted key international institutions which are leaders in the field of social justice. Key members include the Canadian Museum For Human Rights, Galicia Jewish Museum in Poland, Te Papa in New Zealand, National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian) and UNESCO.

For more details on the conference and to register go to: www.fihrm.org

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