Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Human Rights Tools

Human Rights Tools announces the following:

Dear readers,

We have just updated one of the most popular pages of our website : the Human Rights Short Courses page. http://www.humanrightstools.org/shortcourses.htm It now features more than 60 short courses and summer schools spanning 2008 and 2009, from the general introductions to very specialized courses on indigenous peoples, discrimination, women’s rights, and more. So be sure to visit and bookmark this page if you are planning to stimulate your neurons and synapses this year. Its always a good idea to take our nose off the grindstone for a couple of weeks to broaden our horizons, deepen our knowledge, make some new friends and have a good time too! A big thanks to Idowu Ajibade, from Nigeria, who did all the hard work of updating this page. She has just joined HRT’s small team of dedicated volunteers. More about her below: http://humanrightstools.org/about.htm

We have done our best to make it as exhaustive as possible, but if there is something to add or change, let us know by writing to us at editors@humanrightstools.org.

Some very interesting courses we would like to highlight:

1. CLOSING SOON: Monitoring economic, social and cultural rights The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva (IHEID), in cooperation with HURIDOCS, is organizing a new course on monitoring and documenting economic, social and cultural rights. It will take place in Geneve, 5 – 9 May 2008. This exciting and much-needed course will be timed to match the second week of the ESC Committee, so you should be able to attend both with the same plane ticket! There are still a few slots for paying participants, but you must apply before 3 March 2008. http://www.huridocs.org/training/escr

2. CLOSING SOON: Video advocacy course The Video Advocacy Institute, the first of its kind, is an innovative program that trains human rights defenders to successfully integrate video advocacy into their social change campaigns. When: July 19 – August 2 2008, in Montreal, Canada. Application deadline is 2 March 2008. http://www.witness.org/vai

3. CLOSING SOON: Transitional justice francophone Rabat fellowship program Transitional justice refers to a range of approaches that societies undertake to reckon with legacies of widespread or systematic human rights abuse as they move from a period of violent conflict or oppression towards peace and democracy. The International Center for Transitional Justice’s francophone Rabat fellowship program will be running from May 2nd to the 25th. It runs for 10 weeks and ICTJ takes in charge the full cost of participation of each participant (including the visa and airfare). Application deadline is 25 February 2008. http://www.ictj.org/en/workshops/fellowships/ottawa/index.html

4. Justice sector reform, Human rights fieldwork IHRN is organizing two courses. The first is entitled “Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches” will take place at the National University of Ireland, in Maynooth. The dates are from 16 to 20 June 2008, and the application deadline is 2 May 2008. http://www.ihrnetwork.org/new-justice-sector-reform.htm The second IHRN course is entitled “Human Rights Fieldwork - Principles, Strategies and Skills” will be held in the same location, from 26 October to 2 November 2008. http://www.ihrnetwork.org/hr-fieldwork.htm

As usual, please forward this to your friends and colleagues who share your interest in human rights, or post it to your blog and mailing lists. If you have received this from a friend and would like to subscribe, you can do so here: http://www.humanrightstools.org/newsletter.htm

And when you come back from all this training, enthusiastic and inspired, why not tell us about it and send us a couple of photos of those special moments? We love to hear from our readers, write to us at editors@humanrightstools.org Best regards, and good luck in your efforts to defend or raise awareness about human rights. Daniel D’Esposito, Editor Human Rights Tools editors@humanrightstools.org




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