Awarding the winners of the «Human Rights-2019» contest

On December 6, The State Museum of Political History of Russia hosted the award ceremony for the winners of the Saint-Petersburg student competition «Human Rights-2019».

The annual contest of scientific and creative works among students of Saint-Petersburg universities is held by the Commissioner for Human Rights in Saint-Petersburg Alexander Shishlov with the support of the Committee for Science and Higher Education and the Committee for Law and Order and Security of Saint-Petersburg.

This year, students from 24 universities took part in the competition, 140 works in the nominations «Poster/Caricature/Photography», «Essay», «Article» and «Video» reached the final.

The ceremony was attended by Anne Elizabeth Ravetto, Deputy Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Russian Federation, Nadezhda Tikhonova, Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg, Irina Ganus, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Science and Higher Education, Yuliana Pavlovskaya, Assistant Director of the Bureau of the International Organization for Migration in Moscow, Viktor Bogorad and Vyacheslav Shilov, cartoonists, and Natalia Yevdokimova, member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Development. The ceremony was opened by Evgeny Artemov, General Director of The State Museum of Political History of Russia. «It is great that young people are not indifferent to the topic of human rights. We are glad that the awarding of the winners of the contest is held here for the sixth time already. Human rights are one of the key themes of our museum», said Artemov.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Alexander Shishlov recalled the fate of the figures in the «Moscow case». «We were waiting for the end of today's court session. Yegor Zhukov is free, it's good news. But he was found guilty, and today he got conviction as several other people. I am sure that these court decisions will be appealed, justice will be restored. Because these young people, your peers, were just defending their rights, given to them by the Constitution», Shishlov said.

He noted that most of the videos selected this year were dedicated to crimes against the person. Melana Hayrapetyan and Zlata Zherebtsova's video «The Right for Life: The Problem of Domestic Violence» took first place in the nomination. Presenting the award, Nadezhda Tikhonova noted that this topic is more relevant than ever before, and Russia needs a law against domestic violence.

Other topics raised by the contestants included national minorities, migrants' rights, human rights in international conflicts. The full list of winners of the Human Rights
contest is available on the website of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Saint-Petersburg.

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