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Presentation of the Archive

The Regional Archive Pace Diritti Umani - Peace Human Rights is the tool designed to secure the steady connection between the Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua, the Region of Veneto, and those most immediately concerned with the promotion and the practice of the culture of peace: voluntary associations, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, schools, cultural centres, religious institutions, political parties, and trade unions.

Why the title “Peace Human Rights”?
The answer is in Article 1 of Regional Law n.55/1999:

  1. The Region of Veneto recognizes peace and development as fundamental rights of the person and the peoples, consistent with the principles of the Italian Constitution and of International Law, which solemnly declare the promotion of the rights of the person and the peoples, of democratic freedoms and of international cooperation.
  2. For the purposes of section 1, the Region of Veneto promotes human rights, the culture of peace and cooperation to development by means of cultural, information, research, education, decentralized cooperation and humanitarian aid initiatives [...].

This solemn recognition is in perfect consonance with Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948:

Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Opus Iustitiae Pax, peace in justice: it is the definition of positive peace, intended as that sum of initiatives, institutions norms and policies which contribute to build up a steady order of fecund human cohabitation along a path of continuity running from the district, the city, the region, up to the European Union, the United Nations, and the world.

Peace, as proclaimed in Regional Law 55/1999 and in several laws of other regions in Italy, is a fundamental rights of the person and the peoples. The culture of peace is the culture of human rights; 'educate to peace' means to respect the fundamental rights of the persons at the local, national and international levels, and to participate actively in social and political life, having as a steering compass Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

The Archive, as an educational tool, has been designed and structured from these assumptions. It is, by nature, "open" and its users are also those who feed it providing, in a continuative way, useful information and suggestions.

Institution and Mission

The mandate of the Regional Archive Pace Diritti Umani – Peace Human Rights is defined by Article 2 of Regional Law 55/1999:

1. The Region promotes and supports:
c) the Archive previously established by Regional Law 30 March 1988, No. 18, in collaboration with the Interdeparmtal Centre on human rights and the rights of peoples of the University of Padova, on the basis of a specific agreement, with the task of taking care of:

  1. the collection, systematization, and diffusion of studies, and of researches, publications, audio-video, documents produced at the regional, national and international level, also in connection with other databases relative to the sectors of the promotion and protection of human rights, the peace culture, human rights and democracy of the cooperation for development and international solidarity;
  2. the census of associations and non-governmental organizations, as well as public and private subjects present in the regional territory, operating in the sector of human rights, culture of peace, development cooperation and international solidarity;
  3. free access to consulting multimedia materials by associations and individuals [...].

The Regional Archive Pace Diritti Umani – Peace Human Rights

  • is one of the main web-portals active in Italy dedicated to the dissemination of the civic and political culture founded on the norms and the principles of the Constitution of the Republic of Italy and on the International Human Rights Law which is rooted in the Charter of the United Nations and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • is a documentation and information centre which intends to function as an interaction and communication instrument among a wide net of public and private actors working in the Veneto and in other regions (NGOs, informal groups, schools, local authorities, volounteers, students) for the promotion of human rights, peace, intercultural dialogue, decentralized cooperation and international solidarity.