13.1999 - Tromsø – Norway
Poles apart - Poles together
The Tromsø Declaration
"Whereas, ASSITEJ/ Int'l and its member nations, through their work as children's theatre professionals, formally advocate the protection of the human security for children and young people and the observance of their human rights. ASSITEJ/ Int'l and its member nations, in accordance with its constitutional mandate, therefore declare that:
1. The human security of children and young people, throughout the world, should be a priority issue of international concern.
2. That children and young people, throughout the world, must be protected from exploitation in all forms but especially as:
Victims of war
Therefore, ASSITEJ/ Int'l and its member nations support the enhancement of human rights and the security of children and young people through active partnerships with business, government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private persons. The members of ASSITEJ will also actively work towards the implementation of the rights of children and young people in the world through theatre arts.
To achieve the objectives of 'The Tromsø Declaration' ASSITEJ/Int'l members will not participate in or support the exploitation of children and young people as child soldiers or child laborers, and will protect children from becoming or who are victims of war."
"This proposal is declared at the 1999 International Congress of ASSITEJ in Tromsø, Norway, 15 Juni 1999."
(Nat Eek: History of ASSITEJ. Vol. III Maintaining the New Audience for Theatre (1991-2005) with Kim Peter Kovac and Katherine Krzys. Santa Fe: Sunstone Press 2014, 420)
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