With the blessing of the Nobel Peace Prize winners Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Rigoberta Menchu and Lech Walesa, the city of Rosario yesterday inaugurated the first private International Museum for Democracy in the world. The museum is based in the Fuentes Palace, one of the most emblematic buildings in the city, just in front of the legendary bar “El Cairo”, in Sarmiento 702.
Within the framework of this definitive opening of the Museum, visitors can visit the traveling exhibition of photographs “Article 25”. The exhibition of thirty photographs selected through an international competition organized by the International Federation of Museums on Human Rights (FIHRM) focuses on article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
As part of the inauguration, the museum invites the start of the chiselling of the next Presidential Command Staff. The activity, free and open to all public, will take place together with the Argentine silversmith Juan Carlos Pallarols on Thursday April 25 between 10 am and 5 pm.
The museum’s heritage is made up of more than a thousand original historical objects, including an eighteenth-century slave shackle, the ballot box in which Evita cast her vote in the first elections with women’s suffrage in 1951, a helmet and a backpack of command used in the Malvinas war, the only Argentine flag signed by all the democratically elected presidents since 1983, a handkerchief of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo and documents from the time of the viceroyalty.
The definitive opening ceremony of the International Museum for Democracy was attended by the mayor of the city of Rosario, the secretary for Human Rights of Uruguay, the ambassadors of Palestine and Cuba, and the president of the International Federation of Museums and Rights Human (FIHRM).
Guillermo Whpei, President of the International Museum for Democracy, received the guests. Whpei highlighted that “in 2001, when my brother and I decided to buy this closed and abandoned building in the midst of crisis, we set ourselves two goals: first, to restore it to its architectural splendor; secondly, to change its use, because it was for few, exclusive ”.
The also president of the Foundation for Democracy mentioned that, when they decided to open a museum in the recovered Palacio Fuentes, they did not know that they were creating the first museum for private democracy in the world. The social entrepreneur pointed out the importance of motorizing a museum for democracy and for human rights in a context in which democracy is being questioned in Latin America.
In this regard, he stressed that, although perfectible, the best system is democracy, “and in this question rights are running.” He recalled that democracy and human rights are intrinsically linked: “in the world there are 40 million slaves, Argentina has 30% of the population plunged into poverty, there are refugee camps in Jordan, Palestine suffers permanently, there are refugee camps In Bangladesh and Greece, our Venezuelan brothers go through forced migration, hence we have a great commitment to humanity, we cannot be absent. ”