Human Rights Day in Siberia

humanWe take the Rights of people under our protection”-said youngsters at the Annual Session on Human Rights, which took place on the 10th of December,2014 in the Gymnasium N6 in Novosibirsk(Russia).Two members of the URI CC “Euro-Asia” Galina Ermolina and Nadezhda Latrygina were invited to share their ideas on the Human Rights. The students of the Gymnasium are very active in the International Projects, including Law, Rights and Responsibility projects. Their Law teacher, Galina Balabushevich started the Session with showing the popular video film “ Human Rights, what is it”? After some comments on the film, the participants, -adults and the students, started to share their talks.

The report “Freedom, tolerance and responsibility” became the point of a long discussion of the people present. They ended up with coming to consensus that freedom without a sense of responsibility can lead to cases of law breaking and even to criminal. The word “Tolerance” itself is understood with a great diversity, and a representative from the Fund “Civic concord” announced a youth competition on “Freedom, tolerance and responsibility”.

Whenever someone speaks on Gender discrimination, the object of the talk is women discrimination; can you imagine a great surprise of the audience when Denis(17)-a Gymnasium student after a brief review on women discrimination came to the problem of men’s discrimination which he finds to be a great challenge for men. Denis thinks that men are the most rightless humans. His words could seem to be selfish, but on the other hand-they make sense. He said:”From childhood a boy feels that his sister is much more privileged in the family, and girls are more privileged at school. Girls are not obliged to serve in the army, so they can start getting high education -1-2 years earlier. Young men get married and they are expected to be responsible for financial providing for the family. In case of divorce law is mostly on wife’s side etc”. Denis’ speech made people, adults and young, look at the problem from unusual angle.

Galina Ermolina spoke on the rights of minorities and indigenous people of the world. She shared her inspiring impressions of the URI Gathering of Indigenous people in July 2014 and underlined the importance of the principle of Equal Rights for the people of all path of life.Nadezhda Latrygina has been the President of the Public Organization “Women’s initiatives” for many years, and she spoke of her initiative to recognize on the Federal level a household work in the family as a work of an employed person, who gets salary for the work.

Two years ago a group of Gymnasium students won the International Grant on human Rights and participated in the International exchange programs In Germany and Chech Republic. They told that their logo is:“Schau nicht weg” meaning “Do not look away” from someone’s problem, try to help anyone you can. Every person has a Right to be happy.The young people of the new generation seem to be more free and confident in their behavior and world-perception comparing with the older people who were present . They are aware of their rights and are ready to take responsibilities, although they listen to the advices of those who are more experienced. It gives hope for a better future…