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Cultural Diplomacy and Human Rights

Sport as a Vector of Peace and Nation Reconciliation

By Aleksandar Brisevac, The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

Between May 27th and June 1st 2013, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin held a Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy and Human Rights “Towards a Global Human Rights Culture: The Need for a Collective Alliance in the Protection & Promotion of Human Rights”.

The conference provided the platform for activists, experts, academics and world leaders involved in the field of Human Rights to come together, create alliances, and better coordinate their activities, thus promoting better implementation and enforcement of Human Rights in a more effective nature.

One of the speakers at the Symposium was Minister Adolphe Rukenkanya, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture of Burundi. Mister Rukenkanya gave a lecture on the topic of “Sport as a Vector of Peace and Nation Reconciliation “.

“The last social – political crisis that erupted was in October 1993 in the entire country and lasted nearly ten years, has created a lot of damage. The war was between the government army and the rebel movement. Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen it is well-known that sport and recreation can bring different people and culture together to work as a team with common goals in an environment that helps people to bond and build mutual respect. The vision of the Ministry of youth, sports and culture is to perpetuate the social, humanitarian and pacifist dimension of sports especially during the most turbulent period such as election approaching”.

For more of Dr. James Smith’s Lecture please take your time to watch the video recording.

Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies Publication
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