INTERCOM 2013 - Museums and Human Rights: a great success!
INTERCOM held a successful meeting at the ICOM Rio conference this August and we would like to thank everyone who attended our sessions.
One of the key outcomes of the meeting in collaboration with FIHRM (Federation of Internationa Human Rights Museums) was the Rio declaration. Members of FIHRM and INTERCOM who attended the ICOM conference in Rio de Janeiro were disturbed to be told of anti-gay legislation that has apparently been passed in Russia, and there was a demand from delegates that both organisations should take a position in opposition to what appears to be a regression to medieval attitudes about people's sexuality. INTERCOM Committee members were asked to draft a Declaration is support of human rights for all, and the Rio Declaration was acclaimed at the INTERCOM general meeting.The Declaration was supported by all in attendance at the meeting.
"INTERCOM and FIHRM reject all forms of intolerance and discrimination and call upon governments in all nations to respect and celebrate different political, sexual and religious preferences and to encourage their museum communities to explore issues, free from the fear of censorship or political pressure."
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If you support the Rio Declaration, we would like to hear from you. We would like to share the message as widely as possible, so please do contribute a translation in another language if you can. Write to us.
Papers from the speakers will be available soon to download - watch this space.
PAPERS COMING SOON!
“INTERCOM 2013 was a wonderful experience for more than 90 delegates from more than 20 countries, held in one of the world’s great cities, Sydney.The high standard of presentations and discussions enhanced further INTERCOM’s reputation for hosting meaningful and memorable conferences. Great credit must go to the organising committee and presenters, and thanks to all sponsors, particularly the Getty Foundation for enabling delegates from low GDP countries to attend and share their experiences.” INTERCOM President Greg McManus
Over three days museum professionals from all over the world came together to discuss these challenges in a lively and thought provoking sessions. Thanks to a generous grant from The Getty Foundation, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) eight museum professionals from low GDP countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe attended the conference and presented a paper on museum challenges in their country.
The Torreon Declaration was made at the 2009 annual meeting of INTERCOM, which was held in Torreon, Mexico and attended by over 180 deegates from 20 countries across all continents. The Torreon Declaration indicates that museums around the world are now active in displaying and analysing the many and complex aspects of human rights and the representation of minorities and other disadvantaged groups. We would like to disseminate the message as widely as possible and would like you to contribute by sending us a version in your language.
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Last updated 19-09-2013
INTERCOM believes that it is a fundamental responsibility of museums, wherever possible, to be active in promoting diversity and human rights, respect and equality for people of all origins, beliefs and background.