An exhibition titled ‘Humanitarian Principles. Here and Now’ began in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday.
The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Liberation War Museum of Bangladesh have jointly organised the exhibition in collaboration with the Photo Elysée Museum of Lausanne, Switzerland.
With carefully selected photos and videos, the exhibition aims to give the visitors a better understanding of and a deeper insight into the significance that humanitarian principles represent in everyday lives and their impact in 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 are very important for Switzerland and they have been pivotal in our five-decade-long relationship with Bangladesh. Switzerland has supported the Rohingya and host communities in Bangladesh with over $50 Million since 2017. We will continue to remain engaged, by providing humanitarian aid, implementing development cooperation projects, and working towards durable solutions to this crisis”, said Suzanne Mueller, Chargée d’Affaires of the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh.
The photos on display provide a retrospective and information about the ICRC’s and Switzerland’s role and activities in Bangladesh during the 1971 war and the last five decades. Furthermore, 10 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.
The exhibition will remain open for all June 18 (11 am- 8 pm).