In Venezuela delegates from many countries came together in Caracas last week for an international seminar on human rights, promoted by the Institute of Higher Studies in Latin America and held under the auspices of the Venezuelan government, the International Commission for Human Rights and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation -- UNESCO.
GV PAN FROM Palm tree TO EXT OF Simon Bolivar University, Caracas.
GV INT Delegates standing talking.
SCU Irish delegate Sean McBride talking.
SCU UNESCO representative Karel Vasak listening to others talking.
GV Delegates at top table preparing for start of meeting.
GV Audience applauding.
CU & LV Venezuela??? President Carlos Andres Perez speaking. (2 SHOTS)
GV Audience listening.
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Background: In Venezuela delegates from many countries came together in Caracas last week for an international seminar on human rights, promoted by the Institute of Higher Studies in Latin America and held under the auspices of the Venezuelan government, the International Commission for Human Rights and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation -- UNESCO.
SYNOPSIS: The Seminar was held at the Simon Bolivar University and coincided with the third anniversary of the Inter-American Declaration of Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Among the delegates were Irish Nobel and Lenin Peace Prizes winner Sean McBride - and Karel Vasak, Director of the branch of UNESCO dealing with Human Rights and Peace.
The seminar was inaugurated by Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez, who made a major speech during the opening session.
President Perez took as his theme the involvement of arms manufacturers and multi-national corporations in Third World countries where human rights are denied. "The crisis of human rights", he said, "has its roots in the crisis of morals and ethics".
He went on to say that the race for modern arms is keeping despotic governments in power and that criminal violations of human rights are perpetrated to protect the interests of multi-national corporations, which are busy exploiting the natural resources of the Third World. President Perez made the point that human rights should be defined without ambiguities and should include political, as well as economic and social freedom. He cited South Africa as "an abominable centre of racist power", where a corrupt government fortified by modern arms consistently violates basic human rights. He also said that in Latin America there was a close relationship between investment and human rights violations. He concluded by saying that the fight for human rights is humanity's supreme obligation.