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Mary Robinson named Honorary President of human rights film festival

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Friday, 12 October, 2018

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Mobile Film Festival will showcase films with the theme: Stand Up for Human Rights. 

"Bearing witness and giving a voice to those who bravely defend human rights could not be more crucial."

The Elders' Mary Robinson has been named as Honorary President of the Mobile Film Festival, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Mobile Film Festival invites participants from around the world to submit 1 minute films from their mobile phone, this year representing the theme: Stand Up for Human Rights. The award ceremony will coincide with Human Rights Day in December and is sponsored by YouTube Creators for Change, in partnership with CIVICUS, Human Rights Watch, Care International and others.

Mary Robinson said:

"I’m delighted to take on the role of Honorary President of this incredibly important film festival. Human rights need champions at all level, so it is wonderful to see budding film makers from across the world using this platform to draw much needed attention to the rights violations affecting their communities. Bearing witness and giving a voice to those who bravely defend human rights could not be more crucial at this time of retreat from international commitments."

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