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CAMBODIA NEWS - SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER - Photography Exhibition at Bophana Center

 

 

Speak Truth To Power is a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the successes and experiences of selected human rights defenders from around the globe as educational materials

 

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - ( CIVICUS Cambodia)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

CIVICUS: Center for Cambodian Civic Education—the partner of the Speak Truth To Power (STTP) project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in Washington, D.C. in association with the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center—is honored to present the STTP Photography Exhibition In Cambodia, the STTP is translated as (Courage Without Borders, in Khmer). Kerry Kennedy, the president of the RFK Center, visited Cambodia with her daughter Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo and STTP director John Heffernan in February 2011 and joined CIVICUS Cambodia to launch the STTP project during the two-day events at Paññasastra University of Cambodia.

Diplomats, senior government officials, teachers, human rights defenders, students, the media, inter alia, joined the celebration in the packed auditorium, with wide print, radio and television coverage all over Cambodia. The STTP project in Cambodia is funded by The Charitable Foundation (Australia); CEO Peder Pedersen also attended the February 2011 launching events.

Speak Truth To Power is a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the successes and experiences of selected human rights defenders from around the globe as educational materials.

The goals of the STTP are three-fold and began with a book of the same name by Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. The book portrays the stories of 51 human rights defenders fighting for various human rights issues from female genital mutilation to freedom of religion and reconciliation and justice. The book is accompanied by this Photography Exhibition designed by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Eddie Adams.

In 2000, the play Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark, written by Ariel Dorfman, was adapted from the book and has been performed all over the world by world-famous actors as well as schoolchildren, local heroes, college students, and even prisoners. The Phnom Penh Players performed the play at the STTP launching events in February and again three more times in September.

The most significant part of the STTP project is the human rights educational curriculum, which has already become integral to classrooms in locations throughout the United States, Europe and Africa. The curriculum includes an introduction to and history of international human rights through the tales of the STTP defenders and the play.

The curriculum has been adopted for Cambodia and translated into Khmer, focusing on eight human rights defenders featured in this Photography Exhibition: Elie Wiesel (Genocide), Muhammad Yunus (Microcredit), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Reconciliation), Marina Pisklakova (Domestic Violence), Ka Hsaw Wa (Corporate Social Responsibility), Kailash Satyarthi (Child Labor), Juliana Dogbadzi (Slavery/Trafficking), and Vaclav Havel (Free Expression).

CIVICUS Cambodia printed 10,000 copies of the Khmer curriculum and has been training educators (mainly teachers and monks) across the country on this curriculum as well as disseminated them to government officials and provincial authority. The Photography Exhibition runs to Sunday, September 23. A training seminar on the curriculum will be conducted for 100 educators immediately followed by a reception to include civic leaders, donors, government officials and the press corps to officially close the Photography Exhibition.

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