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UNRC, Drik mark 75th anniversary of UDHR with photo exhibition

  • Closing ceremony held on Monday
  • December 10, 2023 marked the 75th anniversary of UDHR
Update : 18 Dec 2023, 09:44 PM

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) in Bangladesh and Drik Picture Library jointly organized a photo exhibition.

The photo exhibition, entitled “Rage & Hope” was held from Thursday to Monday. 

The exhibition ended at Drik Gallery at 8pm.

December 10, 2023 marked the 75th anniversary of the world's most groundbreaking pledge, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). 

The UDHR enshrines the inalienable rights people have as human beings, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.

As a celebration of freedom of expression, the photo exhibition provided a platform to photographers to highlight their work from across Bangladesh, visually exploring expressions of the fight for the rights of women, Indigenous communities, the LGBTIQ community, students, and the rights of climate displaced communities amongst others.

The curator of the exhibition, Dr Shahidul Alam, has worked on rights issues, with photography as the primary medium, for several years; and has selected a remarkable collection of past and contemporary photos from across the country.

 United Nations Resident Coordinator to Bangladesh, Gwyn Lewis was present with other dignitaries at the closing ceremony. 

The resident coordinator expressed her appreciation for the extraordinary Bangladeshi photographers and their “depiction and recognition of the inherent dignity of individuals standing up for what they believe.”

She added: “the equal and inalienable rights of all is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace, values that are more important than ever before in today’s world.”

The exhibition was open to people from all occupations and provided an opportunity to reflect on what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights means for them.

The exhibition featured 29 photographs, an audio installation and an video installation on human rights from the last four decades, covering border killings, tea plantation workers' movements, protests against violence against women, movements for democracy, victims of legal process and judicial harassment, justice. 

The exhibition was open to people from all walks of life and provided an opportunity to reflect on what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights means for them. 

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