70 years ago, Eleanor Roosevelt declared the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a momentous incident and also part of European heritage of worths. Especially Humanism - with its humanity, rationality, emancipation, solidarity and rights of freedom – is part of this (immaterial) heritage. At the HumanistenTag we promote both on different shades: achievements, hurdles, best practices.
From June 22th to 24th there will be discussions, workshops, speeches, a program for children and youths and a cultural program (concerts, cabaret, readings and singing Human Rights) all around Human Rights, humanism and recent policies and politics. Furthermore the European Humanist Federation, which has an advisory function for the European Commission, will meet and exchange at HumanistenTag 2018 in Nürnberg, the city of peace and Human Rights. This lifts the event to an international level.
The visitors are invited to debate, to act and thereby shape the event themselves. They may bring in different attitudes, maybe to overcome traditional views and to change them to a new point. Thus we want to contribute peaceful and cooperative corporation. 70 years ago, in Europe Human Rights and human society were also not secure. At HumanistenTag in June we want to explore these rights under a humanistic perspective also as an immaterial heritage and find out, how we can handle them in the future. We focused on initiating new discussions and create new perspecitves.
Extracts from program:
- Colored Glasses: Workshop with simulation about discrimination and Human Rights
- „The thoughts are free“ – Freedom of press and opinion, discussion
- Right to live. Right to die. Discussion
- Sing Human Rights with the Smile Choir
- Freedom vs. Security – the end of balancing, opening lecture
Background to humanism as an European heritage:
Humanist thinking is more than 2.500 years old. Its roots are in the ancient world, the renaissance and the European Enlightenment, which promoted the “liberation of man from his selfimposed immaturity“ (Kant). Today, the Treaty on European Union emphasizes the importance of Humanism for the member states already in the preamble: “Drawing inspiration from the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe, from which have developed the universal values of the inviolable and inalienable rights of the human person, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law,…“