by Luisa Ferreira (Brazil)
The third day of the Minority Voices study session gave the participants some first-hand experience with minorities in Budapest. However before that there were some last theoretical sessions and reflections on media and human rights.
Right after breakfast, the young activists and media makers, who took part in the programme were divided in four groups. They analysed different case studies regarding minorities. They referred to documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. The groups discussed violations of human rights affecting people from Kenya, Denmark, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Turkey.
The next part of the training was focused on how to use a human rights-based approach to minority communities and how to apply the Concord Code of Conduct on Images and Messages to photojournalism. The session was conducted by Bernadett Sebaly from Minority Rights Group, who provoked participants into questioning their daily practices.
After the daily editorial meeting with media facilitators, there was one of the most anticipated moments of the week: a city tour. It was focused on the two of the minority communities of Budapest: the Roma and the Jewish people. Leaded by the guide Zoltan Nagy, the participants walked through the streets of the 8th district. While it usually goes unknown by most visitors, this area of the Hungarian capital offers an interesting perspective of the city and its mosaic ethnic composition.
In the first part of the tour, the participants met representatives of both communities and talked to them about the problems they face. Then they visited Teleki Tér, the last remaining synagogue in the city that follows the Hassidic/Sfard pray liturgy. There the journalists and activists heard not only about this special place, but also about the history of Jewish Hungarian people and their struggle against discrimination.
What followed was a nice stroll by the streets of the neighbourhood, which has a high percentage of Roma population. Although some people consider the area unsafe, Zoltan argued in the contrary. In fact, what could be seen in the streets were just citizens living their daily lives, surrounded by classical buildings that are in need of restoration, but still maintain their charm.
All in all, the day served to wrap up the theoretical knowledge shared during the first part of the week. It also gave everyone a little taste of what’s coming next: the making of multimedia related to minority issues in Hungary.