Human rights turn into a family affair

November 30, 2015 18:47
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It’s never too early to learn about human trafficking, forced labor and modern-day slavery -- even if you’re only a child.

But to make sure children are not exposed to unnecessary distress, they will be accompanied by their parents and the subject matter will be presented as art and through story-telling.

Justice Center Hong Kong, the event’s organizer, wants it to be a family affair.

The week-long activity starts on Dec. 4 and climaxes on International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

It will be held at the Fringe Club in Central.

An art exhibition, called Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize, will kick off the activity on Friday.

Artworks are available for pre-bidding and preview online. Admission is free.

On Dec. 5, children aged three to 10 can learn about refugees in Hong Kong through art, story-telling and games. Each child is encouraged to donate HK$100 as the price of admission.

A discussion of refugee rights will be held on Dec. 8 and 9, in English and Cantonese, respectively, free of charge.

Also on Dec. 9, visual artist and activist Kacey Wong will give a talk on art and human rights. Admission is free.

Wong is best known for using his art to promote social activism as he did during last year’s democracy protests.

Capping off the week is a talk on human trafficking and forced labor on Dec. 10.

Panelists will discuss issues in English on migrant domestic helpers.

The Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize, established in 2013, aims to harness the power of visual arts to promote awareness of human rights.

This year, more than 100 entries by Hong-based artists from Britain, Belgium, the United States, Portugal, India and Hong Kong have been shortlisted.

The exhibition includes paintings, photography, video, digital and mixed media works.

All artworks exhibited and shortlisted have been donated by the artists for a charity auction to raise funds for the work of Justice Center Hong Kong to protect the rights of forced migrants in Hong Kong.

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