Technology can help educate people about human rights: envoy

01/31/2019 11:23 PM
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French Human Rights Ambassador François Croquette
French Human Rights Ambassador François Croquette

Taipei, Jan. 31 (CNA) The latest technology can be used to encourage more people to learn about human rights, visiting French Human Rights Ambassador François Croquette said Thursday.

Moderating a panel discussion session at the 2019 Taipei "Night of Ideas (La Nuit des idées)," Croquette asked participants to brainstorm and come up with new ideas that better promote human rights education in the digital age.

Many participants mentioned the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in human rights museums around the world, allowing visitors to experience the suffering of people living under totalitarian regimes.

In response, the French envoy said he visited Taiwan's National Human Rights Museum on Wednesday where he used the VR technology that enables visitors to experience White Terror.

Museums in Europe are also using VR to teach the younger generation about the horrors of the Holocaust as there are fewer and fewer survivors, according to Croquette.

He said new technology can send a powerful message and may make it possible to tell stories that make people more interested in learning about human rights.

Meanwhile, at a panel discussion on digital technologies and social connectivity, French Member of Parliament Paula Forteza said the ongoing "Yellow Vest" demonstrations in France have prompted the first ever national level debate on the future of the country.

The debate has caused French people who were not previously interested in public life or politics to become more engaged, she noted.

"That for me is very positive thing," she added.

Croquette and Forteza are visiting Taiwan to attend the 2019 Taipei "Night of Ideas."

Launched by France's Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in 2016, the Night of Ideas is a global event that features thought-provoking debates, performances and screenings that explore the ideas behind contemporary issues.

Taiwan first participated in the Night of Ideas in 2018.

(By Joseph Yeh)


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