Human Rights in Traditional Societies

EU and UNDP Foster Public Dialogue on Human Rights and Liberties

June 27, 2023
Human Rights Talks
Photo: UNDP Georgia/Leli Blagonravova

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Union of Tbilisi Museums – Ilia Chavchavadze Literary‐Memorial Museum, continue a compelling series of public discussions centred around the vital topics of human rights and liberties. The third meeting of this enlightening series, titled "Human Rights in Traditional Societies," proved to be an insightful and thought-provoking event.

The discussion, held at the Ilia Chavchavadze Literary‐Memorial Museum on 27 June, brought together esteemed experts and scholars to shed light on the challenges and opportunities in upholding human rights within traditional societies. 

The keynote speech was delivered by Giga Zedania, a highly regarded Georgian researcher and professor at Ilia State University, renowned for his extensive work in the field of human rights and societal norms. Mr. Zedania's thought-provoking insights captivated the audience, generating productive discussions on the importance of striking a balance between tradition and fundamental human rights.

The event also featured a keynote address by Paul Dalton, Chief Advisor of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, whose vast expertise in the field enriched the dialogue.

The conversation engaged a diverse audience, including representatives of civil society, universities, and public agencies, as well as a group of schoolchildren from the towns of Akhalkalaki and Kvareli.  

Through these engaging public discussions, the EU and UNDP create a platform for constructive dialogue, fostering understanding and raising awareness about the importance of human rights and liberties. The series aims to inspire young people, communities, and policymakers to promote equal, just, and inclusive societies that respect and protect the rights of all individuals.

“We all have traditions and cultural values, and we celebrate these in all their diversity. But it’s important to note that these can never be an excuse to diminish or deny any individual’s human rights. We’re free to choose the traditions and cultural values that matter to each of us. Our human rights are never up for negotiation.”
Nick Beresford, UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia
"The EU strives to encourage an open and inclusive dialogue that can pave the way for positive change and contribute to the advancement of human rights for all."
Anne Birgitte Hansen, Human Rights, Justice, Donor Coordination Programme Manager at the European Union Delegation to Georgia

A series of public discussions “Human Rights Talks” is organized as part of Human Rights for All, a comprehensive EU-funded initiative that aims to empower Georgia in promoting a culture of human rights, bolstering human rights protection, and addressing lingering concerns. Two UN agencies, UNDP and OHCHR, are leading the implementation of the programme with over EUR2.5 million in EU funding.

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