URGENT – your support for statement to UN Human Rights Council about important developments in human rights education

This morning I find the following mail with a pdf attache in my mailbox. It’s a call to contribute … until today’s night (Monday, 16 February 24h00 GMT/UTC)

… your support for statement to UN Human Rights Council about important developments in human rights education.

As known friends of mine do not can read pdf, I translated for them the following pdf-text also into WORD:

Text in PDF: .statement-un-framework-for-hr-education-hrc-feb2009-in-pdf.

same text in WORD: .statement-un-framework-for-hr-education-hrc-feb2009-in-word.

Frank Elbers, Deputy Director, HREA – Human Rights Education Associates writes the following mail:

Subject: your support for statement to UN Human Rights Council about important developments in human rights education
From: Frank Elbers
Date: 15/02/2009 20:29:37

We need your support! As you may be aware in its next session the Human Rights Council, the United Nations’ highest human rights body, will be addressing human rights education. Specifically, it will discuss a Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training that is under development, and the follow-up to the current World Programme for Human Rights Education. We have developed a statement for the Council on behalf of civil society organisations from around the world.

The UN framework for human rights education and civil society participation: Draft UN declaration on human rights education and training, the World Programme for Human Rights Education, and Special Report: … (5 pdf-pages, see links above).

The main points of this statement are:

I. Draft UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

We call upon the Human Rights Council to ensure that when the draft UN declaration is prepared, the following views be fully reflected in the text:

  • (1) Concept and Definition : The declaration, as a new international human rights standard, should provide a clear definition of human rights education. As human rights education encompasses all human rights, such definition should remain broad.
  • (2) Accountability / Duty-bearers and rights-holders : Over the course of the UN Decade for Human Rights Education and the WPHRE, the question of accountability has often been raised. The declaration should clarify the concept of duty-bearers and rights-holders regarding implementation of human rights education and training.
    The declaration should also include references to international obligations that States have to train government personnel adequately in human rights. A human rights-based framework should be part of all human rights education, schooling, learning and training.
  • (3) Monitoring system: To the maximum degree feasible, the declaration should provide for monitoring to ensure implementation by duty-bearers.
  • (4) Financial resources: The declaration should contain a provision for financial resources. It could, for example, stipulate the responsibility of governments to include human rights education and training in annual national budgetary planning.
  • (5) The role of civil society and NGOs: Through all experiences and surveys of the UN Decade and the first phase of the WPHRE, it is evident that civil society actors and NGOs, irrespective of their consultative status with the UN, are the main contributors. It is imperative that the importance of supporting their involvement and efforts toward the implementation of human rights education and training be clearly stated in the declaration.

II. World Programme for Human Rights Education

(1) Evaluation Process of the First Phase (2005-2009): In preparing for the final national evaluation report, we would like to call upon the Human Rights Council to ensure that all Member States commit to the following actions:

  • (i) To further assist and collaborate with all stakeholders, particularly NGOs and other civil society actors, for gathering information relevant to the first phase.
  • (ii) To maintain efforts for implementation of human rights education in primary and secondary school systems even after the conclusion of the first phase.

(2) Second Phase (2010-further): We urge the Human Rights Council to take action as soon as possible to determine a sector/area to be focused upon as well as drafting a plan of action for the second phase.

III. Special Procedures of Human Rights Council

We call upon the Member States to consider expanding the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education to formally include human rights education as well as to establish a Special Rapporteur on (the Right to) Human Rights Education.

If you agree with these main points, please let us know by following the steps below. Unfortunately, there is not much time left and I urged to respond by Monday, 16 February.

Either way, I look forward to hearing from you! All best wishes, Frank Elbers, Deputy Director, HREA.

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HOW TO ENDORSE THE JOINT SUBMISSION

Deadline: Monday, 16 February 24h00 (GMT/UTC).

To endorse the joint submission, please reply to this text by e-mail in a specific manner as explained below:

Depending on whether your organisation is in consultative status with the UN ECOSOC or not, please read the applicable explanation, A or B, described as follows (in either case, your organisation can join the statement):

A. FOR ORGANISATIONS in CONSULTATIVE STATUS with the UN ECOSOC

(1) Provide the official and full name of your organisation with acronyms if available
- If the official name is in English, please use the English name
- If the official name is only one in other language, please use the name in that language.
- In either case, precisely the same name as registered with the UN database on NGOs only is acceptable.

(2) State the type of the status (i.e., General, Special, or Roster).

(3) State in your reply by email, “would like to endorse this joint NGO written statement for joint submission to the 10th session of the UN Human Rights Council“.

B. FOR ORGANISATIONS WITHOUT CONSULTATIVE STATUS with the UN ECOSOC

(1) Provide the official and full name of your organisation with acronyms if available
- If the official name is in English, please use the English name
- If the official name is only one in other language, please use the name in that language.

(2) Add “(Without consultative status)” under the name of your organisation.

(3) State in your reply by email, “would like to endorse this joint NGO written statement for joint submission to the 10th session of the UN Human Rights Council“.

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HREA – Human Rights Education Associates is an international non-governmental organisation that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies.

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