The IRCT Scientific Symposium got off to a great start with an opening event at the beautiful MIDE museum in the heart of Mexico City. The more than 300 participants enjoyed a number of speeches from some of the key voices of the global rehabilitation movement.
Among the people speaking at the event were IRCT President Suzanne Jabbour, Andrew Standley, Ambassador of the European Union to Mexico, Sebnem Korur Fincanci, President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and Débora Benchoam from the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.
Edith Escareño from IRCT member centre and co-host of the symposium, Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad welcomed all the participants, while sharing her thoughts on rehabilitation and the need for knowledge.
Representing the voice of the movement, Sebnem Korur Finance from the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey said that "Some human rights defenders are at greater risk because of the nature of the rights they seek to protect. Women human rights defenders sometimes confront risks that are gender-specific and require particular attention."
The evening also featured beautiful music and a tribute to some of the great pioneers of the global movement.