Roundtable “Museum Pedagogics and Human Rights Education” held in High Commissioner’s Office

09 November 2017

On November 9, the roundtable «Museum Pedagogics and Human Rights Education» was held in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.

Opening the roundtable, Chief of Staff of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ivan Solovyov noted that museum educational activity is an innovative method of human rights education and its objectives can be called civil-patriotic education of youth, the formation of an active life position, understanding of the interrelationships of historical epochs and involvement in the history of the country.

"Today the role of museums in preserving the historical and cultural heritage can not be overestimated. Our round table is held as part of the events dedicated to the days of remembrance of political repression victims. This memory is dear to everyone, for the main human right is the right to life and human dignity. Most recently, on October 30, the Wall of Sorrow was opened near our building by the President of the Russian Federation and well-known public figures, which once again proves how important and precious this memory is to us," the Chief of Staff of the High Commissioner’s Office said.

In his opening speech, Ivan Solovyov stressed that the Concept of the state policy on perpetuating the memory of the political repressions victims was approved in Russia. Its main idea is that our country can become a full member of the world community and take a leading place in it if the memory of many millions of our fellow citizens who were victims of political repressions will be properly immortalized. For many families, this is real pain, but this painful topic should be discussed, and museums are one of the most suitable places for such a difficult conversation.

High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova has been cooperating with the State Museum of GULAG History for several years already, and field lectures for magistrates and students of law schools are being held. The program includes excursions, lectures, presentations, video screenings and interviews with camp prisoners… About 200 people have attended these classes.

In April of last year, the Day of Legal Aid was organized on the territory of the museum, lawyers of the High Commissioner’s Office together with the Law Society of the City of Moscow and the Moscow Region conducted free legal consultations for the wards of the museum — people who suffered from political repressions and members of their families.

"In December of this year, at the initiative of High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova, for the first time a single educational lesson on human rights will be held in all Russian schools. This is a significant event for us, since working with young people and human rights education is one of the five priority areas in the work of the Ombudsperson," Ivan Solovyov added.

Commissioners for Human Rights in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, representatives of the Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, the Governmental Interagency Working Group for coordinating activities aimed at implementing the Concept of State Policy for perpetuating the memory of political repressions victims, the Museum of the GULAG History, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, members of the Association of Memory Museums, heads and teachers of universities, as well as representatives of public organizations and the expert community took part in the work of the roundtable.

The participants of the roundtable discussed the role of historical memory in the implementation of human rights activities, the experience of the Association of Memory Museums in protecting the rights of the repressed and their families, the interaction of regional Commissioners for Human Rights in the Russian Federation and museums in organizing educational activities, and the development of youth volunteering and human rights local lore study.

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