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Human rights film screenings at high schools

The European Commission is supporting a series of film screening events as part of International Human Rights Day – December 10 – targeting Year 9 students from eight schools in the TRNC.

Human rights film screenings at high schools

Photo: EU Infopoint

The film screenings, organised in partnership with the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation, started with Lefkoşa Türk Lisesi and Lefkoşa Anadolu Güzel Sanatlar Lisesi on  December 12, with the participation of 250 students in two sessions.
After the opening speech by Pelin Maneoğlu from the European Union Programme Support Office, short films Alike, Girl with 672K, and Betka and the Clever Ones were screened.  
The second film screening event took place at Lapta’s Yavuzlar Lisesi on December 17, with the participation of 120 students. 
The first round of the film screenings continued on Monday and Tuesday at 20 Temmuz Fen Lisesi and Geçitkale Cumhuriyet Lisesi.
Screenings will follow later this month at 19 Mayıs TMK, Güzelyurt TMK and Erenköy Lisesi.

The aim of the film screenings is to “raise awareness on the importance of social, economic and cultural rights of individuals, and on the approach in the EU regarding basic human rights”, according to a statement by EU Infopoint.
Around 700 students will be participating in the first round of the screenings. After the screenings, Deniz Düzgün, Özge Ugraşın and Yetin Arslan from the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation briefly present the topic of human rights and facilitate a discussion with the students regarding their own views and how the films tackled the topic of human rights.
The EU Aid programme for the Turkish Cypriot community funded a number of projects in support of diversity and the protection of human rights. Some of these projects include “Education for a Culture of Peace” implemented by POST RI in partnership with the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research; “Human Rights for All” implemented by Refugee Rights Association with KISA; and “Youthopia – Empowering Youth to Protect and Promote Human Rights” implemented by MAGEM and Youth Power.

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