Requests for Information: 03 – 16 August 2009

Received by e-mail:
From: Global HR-Education
Date: 21/08/2009

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.

1. LOOKING FOR MATERIALS TO TRAIN POLICE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS

Dear colleagues, I am looking for curriculum or materials to train police in a developing country about human rights and their relevance to their work. Any hints or references would be appreciated.
Regards, Sev Ozdowski, E-mail.

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2. SEEKING FEEDBACK FOR SEARCH ENGINE ON SITUATION IN COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

Dear colleagues, Please allow us to inform you about a new search interface on http://www.ecoi.net/, the European Country of Origin Information Network. It collects information on the situation in countries of origin of asylum seekers with a focus on the needs of asylum lawyers, refugee counsels and persons deciding on claims for asylum and other forms of international protection.
Since February 2008, the search engine on ecoi.net automatically includes English and German synonyms and near synonyms of search terms. In addition to that, we now introduced a “Moderated Search”, which helps you to narrow down or to broaden your search. Whenever you search for a word included in the COI Thesaurus, the Moderated Search suggests broader, narrower and related terms. You can then add these suggestions to your search terms with a search operator of your choice.
The inclusion of synonyms in two languages and the suggestion of terms are both based on a Thesaurus specially developed for the context of country of origin information.
Help us to improve the COI Thesaurus by sending feedback, report errors, or suggest new terms or relations by e-mail, or on http://www.ecoi.net/contact

More details on the new search function:

If you have further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us! Best regards, Boris Panhoelzl, ecoi.net coordination, E-mail.

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3. SEEKING TO USE HOLOCAUST EDUCATION AS A TOOL TO TEACH ABOUT GENOCIDE

I am writing on behalf of a research team at UNESCO in Paris.
UNESCO has been mandated to explore the possibilities of using education about the Holocaust, which took place from 1940-1945 in Europe, as a tool to help teach about genocide, human rights, and the importance of democracy and democratic values around the globe.
Though the use of this particular history might not seem the most appropriate at face value for Africa, a seminar that took place in Paris in May of this year, with participants from several African nations, showed that many of the themes that are relevant in teaching about the Holocaust can also be quite instructive in dealing with other human rights violations, and that some of the tools developed for instance in Europe and North America could be useful in an African context.
One conclusion from the Paris meeting was that human rights education and citizenship education would be the most appropriate channels to work with the history of the Holocaust in Africa.
Hence, we are presently collecting information about the situation of human rights education and citizenship education in several sub-Saharan countries. Our main goal is to evaluate what the opportunities and perhaps barriers are to address such issues.
We would be therefore very pleased to receive any relevant information concerning education on human rights and citizenship in your own country and also whether you think that education about the Holocaust could be useful at all in your country.
With respect to human rights education, we would like to ask the following questions:

  • 1) Does education on any of these subjects already exist in your country? If so, where and when does this take place in the education system? If not, do you think there would be any opportunity for such themes to be introduced?
  • 2) Does the constitution of your country include any provisions for education regarding these topics?
  • 3) Are any major NGOs working on these issues?

We would be very appreciative if you could send to us any contacts of people and names of organizations you might consider as useful for our research.
Thanking you in advance for your collaboration, Sincerely, Laura D’Halleweyn, Barry van Driel, UNESCO, E-mail.

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