FIHRM Latin America

FIHRM-LA IS AN INTERNATIONAL PROJECT AIMED AT PROMOTING KNOWLEDGE OF AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA, BY MEANS OF ACTIONS IN LOCAL MUSEUMS.

FIHRM-LA started as a result of the 8th Annual Meeting of FIHRM, which took place from the 28th to the 30th of November 2017 at the International Museum for Democracy, in Rosario, Argentina.

The idea had arisen from studies carried out by FIHRM with the University of Liverpool.* They identified the need to set up a specific regional forum for Latin American museums and related organizations, seeking to contribute to the strengthening of dialogue about democracy and Human Rights in the region.

Why FIHRM-LA?

The countries which comprise Latin America are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.

In all of these countries, diverse organizations and museums carry out outstanding work in the field of Human Rights, keeping alive the memory of the violations to these rights under the dictatorships borne by the region in recent decades.

It is fundamental work because those who know their own history and the struggles to conquer rights are conscious of the worth of these achievements. Thus, they can react against other injustices that are still suffered by many members of their communities. In view of these complex, hard to address issues, museums in the region can and must active their role as organizations in service of the public.

FIHRM-LA enables the establishment of a forum for debate, agreement and collaboration between Latin American museums, so that, together, their potential as educators is developed, seeking to contribute to their public’s awareness, interest in, understanding and respect for those rights declared inalienable for all human beings

FIHRM Council Member, Guillermo Whpei, President of the Fundacion para la Democracia Internacional is the President of FIHRM-LA.

Education on Human Rights in Latin American Museums

Susana Meden CEO of FIHRM-LA delivered a speech about the plans for FIHRM-LA at the FIHRM 2018 Conference which took place in Winnipeg, Canada from 25-28 September 2018.

Read the presentation (pdf): FIHRM -LA: Education on Human Rights in Latin American Museums

Find out more about FIHRM-LA

*Note:
Scoping work for the creation of a Latin American network for FIHRM was undertaken in 2017 by Professor Claire Taylor and Dr Ailsa Peate of  the University of Liverpool. The work was supported by HEIF Impact Acceleration Funding awarded by the University of Liverpool, and builds on earlier work funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.