From 6th to 8th of May 2022, ALDA joined the BUK Festival in Modena.  Dedicated to small and medium publishing and directed by Francesco Zarzana, vice-president of ALDA, this 2022 edition marked the XV anniversary of the Festival!

Considering the current circumstances and the already fragile moment for democracy both in the EU and in the whole world, the event “Europe of rights” reflected on the Russian invasion in Ukraine, and the necessity of supporting citizens’ participation to protect human rights.

ALDA colleague, Khrystyna Kvartsiana delivered the presentation “Human rights during wartime”, focusing on the violations of rights currently happening in Ukraine, and in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights.


The event "Human rights during wartime", focusing on the violations of rights currently happening in Ukraine, and in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights took place at the BUK Festival


“The massacres of civilians in Irpin, Butcha, Borodianka, Izium and many other Ukrainian cities revealed the inhuman nature of the Russian soldiers. In my country, in 2022, they kill children, destroy residential buildings, rape women and kids, and vanish entire cities from the surface. What Russians are doing now in Ukraine undermines the very idea of fundamental human rights, let alone the Geneva convention for humanitarian treatment in war”, said Khrystyna.

Such testimonies need no further explanation. Yet, a great moment of sharing started among organisers and participants, together calling for an immediate stop to this war.

Besides, this festival served as moment of discussion also on other projects, within which the Association is engaged: from the European Platform of Integrating Cities aims to improve the integration of migrants at local level as aimed within EPIC; to the co-designing and co-development processes between young artists coming from different European countries, as proposed by BRAVO BRAVISSIMO; and to the improvement of citizens and youths’ awareness on the social, economic, and environmental implications of the CAP, final goal of CAPPERI.

 

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ALDA colleagues and speakers at BUK Festival:

  • Khrystyna Kvartsiana, ALDA Programmes Development Officer – ALDA and Researcher IIG (UA)
  • Alessandra Brigo, ALDA Project Manager – Gender, Inclusion and Human rights
  • Nadia di Iulio, ALDA Project Manager – Community Engagement