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‘End displacement of people by war, climate change’

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 26 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said actions should be taken so that people around the world are not uprooted either due to war or climate change.

Highlighting the importance of humanitarian principles, he said the month-long exhibition “Humanitarian Principles. Here and Now” will contribute to creating a mindset among people to work for humanity.

Foreign Minister Momen inaugurated the exhibition at the Liberation War Museum as the chief guest while State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md. Enamur Rahman attended the event as special guest.

The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Liberation War Museum of Bangladesh have jointly brought this exhibition to Dhaka, in collaboration with the Photo Elysée Museum of Lausanne, Switzerland.

The State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief thanked the Embassy of Switzerland, ICRC and the Liberation War Museum for organising this exhibition.

“Humanitarian principles are close to the heart of the Swiss people, and in the early 1970s these quintessential values laid the foundation on which our partnership with Bangladesh has developed,” said Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh Nathalie Chuard.

“This exhibition, therefore, is very special for us as we jointly reflect on these principles at a time when Switzerland and Bangladesh are celebrating 50 years of bilateral relations,” she said.

“The ICRC was present in Bangladesh during the 1971 War. Based on humanitarian principles, we provided protection and assistance to hundreds of thousands of affected people,” said Head of the ICRC delegation in Bangladesh Katja Lorenz.

Humanitarian crises cause human suffering around the world and they make people feel overwhelmed and helpless, even if they are not directly affected, said a joint press release of the organisers.

But how can people respond to these crises and help those in despair collectively or individually? The contemporary art installation and exhibition “Humanitarian Principles. Here and Now” responds to these human and personal emotions and quests, they said.

With carefully selected photos and videos, the exhibition aims to give the visitors a better understanding and a deeper insight into the significance that humanitarian principles represent in everyday life and their impacts on the local context.

It further creates a space to discuss and share views on Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality and Independence - four key humanitarian principles.

“Humanitarian Principles: Here and Now” contains photographs and films through which artists share their vision of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence and examine the impact of humanitarian principles from a fresh, local and contemporary perspective.

The photos in display also provide a retrospective and information about the ICRC’s role and activities in Bangladesh during the 1971 War and the last 50 years since, along with Switzerland’s humanitarian engagement in Bangladesh over the last five decades.

Ten original short films from the lenses of 10 Swiss photographers reflecting where they see humanitarian principles at play in their everyday lives are also shown, alongside six award-winning photographs.

This exhibition invites visitors to critically reflect on humanitarian principles and their significance and share their personal thoughts and experiences on an interactive digital dialogue platform.

The exhibition is available in both English and Bengali languages and welcomes all visitors, specifically school and university students, at the Liberation War Museum’s top-floor exhibition space.

It is open to the public from 25 January to 24 February 2022 (10 am- 5 pm) except Sundays.