Today, 10 December, on the International Day of Human Rights we celebrate the 71th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This year we also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe. These important anniversaries illustrate how far we have come towards the full realisation of the Human Rights.
The system of protection of the Human Rights of the United Nations and of the Council of Europe undoubtedly constitutes one of the great civilizational conquests of the 20th century. However, we must not fail to reflect on the challenges ahead and the regressions that threaten the universal application of the Human Rights. On this occasion, Portugal restates its firm commitment towards the universal realisation of all Human Rights - civil and political, economic, social and cultural -, transversal ambition, both internally and externally. This is the principle that will continue to be the touchstone of Portugal's action in Human Rights multilateral fora, as well as the bilateral relations that Portugal maintains.
Aware that the defense of human rights is a task of continued enforcement and still unfinished, the Portuguese State's action is guided by respect, promotion and implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, the consecrated principles of the Constitution of the Republic and of all the legislation that derives from the Human Rights Conventions to which we are bound.
The realisation of human rights is not only a responsibility of the States. Its promotion and defense depend on our collective effort and dedication.
The ‘Revive’ project - launched in a joint initiative by the Ministries of Economy, Culture and Finance - aims to open up properties to private investment to develop them as tourist attractions through public tendering.
The purpose of the initiative is to promote and facilitate profitability and preserve vacant public property, making it suitable for tourism-oriented economic activity, to
generate wealth and jobs, enhance the attractiveness of regional destinations, devolve demand and develop various regions of the country.
For further information about the project and on-going call for tenders, please visit:
On December 7th it will take place in Lisbon the seminar "Prevent and Protect - an Integrated Approach to External Conflicts and Crisis". For more information, please consult:
The Portuguese Embassy in Rome, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Embassies of Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Uruguay, and with the support of the Instituto Camões, promotes "Scoprir", the Ibero-American Film Festival in Rome. This seventh edition will take place from 12 to 14 October at the Casa del Cinema and will show ten films for the first time in Italy.
The Portuguese film A Mãe é que Sabe (Mum knows best), directed by Nuno Rocha (winner of 57 international awards) and produced by Ukbar Filmes, will be shown on October 12 at 8 p.m., and stars several well-known Portuguese TV actors, such as Maria João Abreu, Joana Pais de Brito, Filipe Vargas, Dalila Carmo, Manuel Cavaco, Noémia Costa and Margarida Carpinteiro.
A typical lunch goes wrong when Ana Luísa begins to remember peculiar episodes that occurred during her childhood and adolescence. Between carrot soups, walks by the sea, mother's advice, engagements and weddings, Ana Luísa thinks of everything that could have changed about her past. However, these memories will have unpredictable side effects. A family comedy that portrays Portugal from the 70s to the present day. And thinking about it, there are things that don't really have to change, because in the end we all know that... Mum knows best!
Full program of "Scoprir":
"Luso! Mostra itinerante del nuovo cinema portoghese" is a travelling exhibition organized by Il Sorpasso Association e Arch Film in collaboration with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Portuguese Embassy in Italy, Instituto Camões, ICA, TAP and Turismo de Portugal, which will show throughout Italy five films and four short films by the biggest authors of contemporary Portuguese cinema.
The event will begin on the 29th and 30th September at the Casa del Cinema in Rome, and will continue then in over thirty cities throughout the country. Many of the directors and authors of the films will be present and there will be meetings, cocktails and other parallel events.
"Luso!" will be in...
Rome - September 29-30 (Casa del Cinema)
Trieste - October 2-4 (Cinema Ariston)
Perugia - 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 October (Cinema Postmodernissimo)
Gorizia - October 4 (Kinemax)
Brescia - October 5, 12 and 19 (Eden Cinema)
Parma - 11, 18 and 24 October, and 8 and 15 November (Cinema Edison)
Cesena - October 14 (Cinema Eliseo)
Pisa - October 14-17 (Cinema Artesanale)
Turin - October 15-17 (Cinema Fratelli Marx) and November 2-3 (Cinema Massimo)
Vicenza - 23-24 and 20-31 October, 6-7, 20-21 and 27-28 November (Cinema Araceli)
Verona - October 25 (Circolo del Cinema)
Rovereto - November 20 (Nuovo Cineforum)
Spoleto - more information coming soon (Cinema Sala Pegasus)
Ancona - more information coming soon (Nuovo Cinema Azzurro)
Mantua - more information coming soon (Cinema del Carbon)
Seravezza - more information coming soon (Cinema Scuderie Granducale)
You can consult the full program at: