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Minister Žbogar opens the exhibition ‘Our Rights’

Strasbourg, 22 June 2009 – Minister Žbogar is attending the third part of the Ordinary Session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg; on this occasion, in the Palace of Europe, he opened an exhibition on children’s rights education entitled ‘Our Rights’.

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the celebration of the National Day of the Republic of Slovenia in the Palace of Europe, to which prominent representatives of the Council of Europe were invited by the Slovenian Ambassador to the Council of Europe, Mrs Marjetica Bole, before the beginning of the June session of the Parliamentary Assembly.

The exhibition, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Government Communication Office, is based on a successful and well-established project of the same name in which illustrations of children’s rights by the renowned Slovenian illustrator Matjaž Schmidt were used as a teaching aid in an education project involving 66,000 children in sixteen countries, with the text being translated into seventeen languages.

In his speech, Minister Žbogar emphasised that in the period to its 18th birthday, Slovenia has devoted considerable effort to projects involving human rights education, particularly children’s rights education. The Minister was pleased to note that during its Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Slovenia will continue to implement the human rights education project ‘Our Rights’ for 50,000 children in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and North Ossetia (Russian Federation), since children’s rights are one of the key priorities of the Slovenian Chairmanship.

The exhibition will be on display in the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg until 16 July.