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Reichstag How good is your knowledge about Human Rights? Test yourself with our Quizzzzzz…. we prepared originally for 10th December 2003 , which is the International Human Rights Day.

Read about the experiences a couple of our group members made, distributing the quiz in front of the Reichstag.

The Queue

The sky was blue and the sun was shining when Mike and Gib met at Eleven a.m. in front of the distinguished Berlin Reichstag building. It was December the tenth, International Human Rights Day, and the two of them were going to distribute copies of the ten-question quiz about human rights that the group had designed and developed over the last few weeks.

The massive queue, which normally forms in front of the famous landmark, was not so massive that day, but after presenting themselves to the appropriate security people, and receiving sceptical permission, they made their plan and went to work.

As usual, the first reaction of most people was cold indifference, but when they realised that ‘amnesty international’ was being represented, most started to pay attention and some even smiled. The words ‘human rights’, and especially ‘NO’ mention of collecting money, let the final barriers fall and those that could understand what was being said showed great enthusiasm. Thinking caps were donned. The presentation of the Declaration of Human Rights booklets caused looks of astonishment on some people’s faces. Looks that said. “You, want to give me something? Oh thank you.”

Russians, Italians, French, etc, formed fifty percent of the queue, and many stared with blank looks on their faces as Mike and Gib, valiantly using their heavily accented German, explained why they were there, but a change of tactics, and the use of the magic English language, caused most of the faces to brighten.

At times the short queue would surge forward and its tail would snake towards a lesson in German history both past and present. It was hard to keep track of those who had already been spoken to, but the Quizzes were quizzed and the booklets handed out and before the two of them knew it One p.m. was approaching. Mike bid Gib farewell and shortly afterwards Ursula and Siggi arrived.

For the next two hours they had the pleasure of spreading the Human Rights word to the queue in front of the Reichstag.

By Gib Palmer