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The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network publishes: Human Rights Education in the Euro-Mediterranean region, Issues and Challenges, 40 pdf-pages.

Download in english.

Fidel Castro in Farc hostage plea

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Published on BBC news, by , July 6, 2008.

Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro has called on the Colombian Farc rebel movement to release all of its remaining hostages.

His comments follow the rescue of Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 others on Wednesday.

He said he had energetically criticised the “cruel methods of kidnapping and holding prisoners in the jungle” …

… In June, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called on them to end their four-decade struggle and release all their hostages.


Earlier, Ms Betancourt said she was planning to write a play about her experience of being held hostage by the Colombian rebels for six years.

Ms Betancourt wants to write a play about her captivity

She also said she had been given a clean bill of health after undergoing medical tests following her release from the Colombian jungle on Wednesday.

The former Colombian presidential candidate, who has dual French-Colombian nationality, was freed along with 14 other hostages after their captors were apparently tricked into handing them over to army personnel disguised as independent agency staff.

On Friday Ms Betancourt – who grew up, studied and raised her family in France – was flown from Colombia to Paris on a French presidential plane. (full text).

ATL Education News

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Linked with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers ATL.

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From: Global HRE List (its Moderator)
(Mail intended for the list, Archives of the list. )
Date: 02 July 2008

Secondary schools in England are to have a brand new addition to the citizenship curriculum.

Human rights will soon form part of the subject’s syllabus, following the launch of a teacher resource pack for the new programme at an east London school yesterday.

A collaboration between Amnesty International UK, the Ministry of Justice, the British Institute of Human Rights and the Department for Children, Schools and Families resulted in the development of Right Here, Right Now: Teaching citizenship through human rights.

Lessons about identity and diversity will be taught as part of the addition to the curriculum.

Justice minister Michael Wills stated: ‘Ensuring everyone within a school understands their rights and responsibilities brings home the importance of respecting the rights of others’.

And it is hoped that the programme will help stimulate debate and action among pupils, following the first annual citizenship week to occur in England that took place last month.

‘I firmly believe it will help citizenship education become more inspiring, motivating and inclusive for young people,’ said Amnesty International director Kate Allen.

Source: Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

La revanche du clitoris

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Voir cette vidéo de 6.52 min, du 25 janvier 2008 avec Maïa Mazaurette, interviewé par Fabrice Florent, à l’occasion de la sortie de son livre La revanche du clitoris, Ed. La Musardine, y parlant de la sexualité féminine.

Requests for Information

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From: hr-education, the Global Human Rights Education listserv. See: mail-address for the list, and archives of the list.
Date: 04/07/2008

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


  • 1. Seeking partnership with international donor organisations for ending violence against girls and women and education programme in Bangladesh
  • 2. Looking for educational materials on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • 3. Looking for Master’s programme in immigration and refugees
  • 4. Seeking resources on children’s rights

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G8: Make Or Break on Climate Change

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Published on IPS, by Ramesh Jaura, July 4, 2008.

Japan is preparing to test its leadership role at the summit meeting of seven western industrial democracies and Russia (G8) Jul. 7-9 in Toyako on the northern island of Hokkaido.

Japan considers the summit meeting “historic”, a senior foreign ministry official said.

For the first time in the course of G8 meetings and their predecessors since 1975, the G8 countries (Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Japan, Canada and the United States) will hold discussions with as many as 14 heads of state and government from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America in three ‘outreach’ groups …

… Concretely, in the post-Kyoto framework, Japan wants to move away from 1990 as the base for carbon dioxide (CO2) reductions, agreed in Kyoto.

This is expected to make Japan’s leadership at the summit an extremely challenging task. This is admitted by Japanese officials involved in the G8 Hokkaido summit preparations. “We know it is a make or break issue,” an official told IPS.

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42-day pre-charge detention violates rights

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From: HREA – Human Rights Education Associates and its Newsletter
Date: 04/07/2008

Human Rights Watch Press release:
download the 20 pages pdf-file.

London, July 4, 2008) – A draft terror law giving British authorities the power to detain terrorism suspects for up to six weeks without charge violates the fundamental right to liberty and risks undermining counterterrorism efforts, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today.

The House of Lords will begin debate on a counterterrorism bill on July 8, the day after the third anniversary of the July 2005 bomb attacks on London’s transport system. The bill includes 42-day pre-charge detention and other harmful proposals.

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Decentralization an Deconcentration with UNDP

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From: Scholarship and Job
Date: 03/07/2008
Web: Scholarship and Job on


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline : 06-Jul-08
Type of Contract : 200 Series
Post Level : L-5
Languages Required : English
Duration of Initial Contract : One year (with possibility of extension)
Refer a Friend / act now :


UNDP, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), and United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID) have been partners since 2001 in the Carere Project, the Partnership for Local Governance (PLG) and now the Program to Support Decentralization and Deconcentration (PSDD). In 2001-2006, the PLG project provided technical assistance to the Royal Government of Cambodia’s Seila Program; a resource mobilization and programming framework for support to the Decentralization and Deconcentration reforms. The Seila Program and the PLG Project ended in December 2006 and the Seila investment framework and capacity building program were transferred to the Royal Government’s National Committee for Management of the Decentralization and Deconcentration Reforms. The PSDD Project, 2007-2009, was designed to support the NCDD with the ongoing development of policy and the continuation of multi-donor project support to the D&D program.

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US-Iran peace talks?

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You want peace talks?

Then look at this result, listen to a controversy on this video.

Really, someone has to learn them what’s a peace-talk.

… Bill To Fund Iraq War …

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Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Bill To Fund Iraq War Until Mid-2009

Published on, by Jason Leopold, 29 June, 2008.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a $162 billion emergency spending bill late Thursday to continue funding the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan well into 2009, without a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.

The bill, approved 92-6, was engineered over the past two months by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and brings the total cost for the conflicts to about $650 billion—more than $400 billion for Iraq alone.

The legislation also includes tens of billions of dollars in domestic spending, including an $8 billion extension of unemployment insurance, $63 billion in funding for a new GI Bill for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, $5.8 billion to rebuild levees in Louisiana, $4.6 billion to refurbish veterans hospitals, and billions to fund other projects. The combined total to fund the wars and the domestic initiatives is $258 billion.

President George W. Bush, who initially said he would veto a supplemental bill that surpassed the $108 billion he said was needed for Iraq and Afghanistan, is expected to sign the legislation into law next week …

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