Princess Mary of Denmark Opens Conference at Museo de la Memoria
Demark’s Crown Princess Mary oversaw the proceeding as Chile’s Museo de la Memoria opened a conference on human rights and education.
QUINTA NORMAL — The princess was accompanied by members of the Danish Institute of Human Rights as well as Danish Foreign Affairs Minister Villy Søvndal to open a conference giving Chile and Denmark the opportunity to share experiences in the process of the education of human rights.
Among attendees at the launch were those who has escaped to Denmark after the dictatorship begun in 1973. Denmark was among the countries that opened their doors to Chilean refugees.
The seminar is called Educación en Derechos Humanos = Derechos Humanos en la Educación? (Education in Human Rights = Human Rights in Education?) Museum Director Ricardo Brodsky reminded the audience that the education in human rights in Chile is still lacking, and pointed to Denmark’s record of fighting for social change as well as a free, high quality education system.
The museum director also remarked on legendary Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, saying that his tales, “provided the moral fabric of Chileans from a very early age.” Brodsky pointed out the tale of The Ugly Duckling, a great reminder of discrimination.
Minister Søvndal reminded the audience that the supporting of human rights is up to every individual. The Danish Foreign Minister noted his time as a younger man travelling in South America during the 1970s when he claimed that it was up to every person to “ensure a crime like this (the military coup of 1973) can never happen again.
Each speaker reminded the value of the Declaration of Human Rights, each article of which is clearly displayed on the walls outside the museum.
After the launch of the seminar, Princess Mary was given a guided tour of the Museo de la Memoria. The museum is dedicated to remembering victims of the dictatorship as well as protecting human rights.
The opening of the museum provides a map of Chile, showing the locations of various memorials which have been constructed to remember victims of the coup.
The museum is located across from Metro Quinta Normal and entrance is free. The royal visit will continue this week, with over 700 trade representatives from both Chile and Denmark meeting at the Hyatt Hotel. The royal couple with move north to Antofagasta, followed by a chance to visit the Paranal observatory.