MINELRES: CfA: Final call for applications for HREA e-learning courses (September-December 2006)

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Wed May 24 20:55:39 2006

Original sender: Frank Elbers <felbers@hrea.org>

Dear MINELRES-L members, 

HREA is issuing a final call for applications for the distance learning
courses "Human Rights Monitoring", "Introduction to the European System
of Human Rights Protection and Promotion" and "Project Development and
Management in the NGO Sector", which will be offered from
September-Decemer 2006.

Please note that the registration deadline for these courses is 1 June
2006. Further information about each course can be found below.

Best wishes,

Frank Elbers
Distance Learning Programme, HREA


HREA Distance Learning Course 4E06:
Human Rights Monitoring
6 September-28 November 2006
Instructor: Dr. Krassimir Kanev

This distance learning course provides participants practical guidance
on how to monitor human rights. Participants will be introduced to the
doctrine and methodology of human rights monitoring, primarily as
developed through the work of international organisations and NGOs, such
as the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the International
Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human
Rights Watch, Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and
national human rights NGOs. The participants are supposed to acquire
theoretical and practical knowledge on the principles and the methods of
human rights monitoring and on monitoring of specific institutions and
situations. The course addresses approaches to identifying human rights
violations, information-gathering, interviewing, monitoring some basic
human rights and freedoms in the context of closed institutions, camps
for refugees or IDPs, trial observations etc. It deals with preparation
of reports, advocacy, interventions with international monitoring
mechanisms, local authorities and other follow-up.

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and
application forms can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/4E.html 


HREA Distance Learning Course 9E06:
Introduction to the European System of Human Rights Protection and
11 September-3 December 2006
Instructor: Dr. Gerd Oberleitner 

This distance learning course provides participants with practical
guidance on how to protect human rights through the European human
rights system, and specifically the institutions and treaties of the
Council of Europe. Participants will be introduced to the main European
human rights conventions and jurisprudence, primarily as developed
through the European Court of Human Rights. The course addresses
European human rights standards as they apply to civil and political
rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and the rights of
minorities. Case studies on the freedom of expression, homosexuality,
prisoner's rights, protection of the mentally-ill, the rights of
refugees and internally displaced persons, and violence against women,
will deepen participants' understanding of the European human rights
standards and machinery.

The course is primarily intended for advanced (under)graduate students
of (international) law or social and political sciences; civic education
and history teachers; and NGO staff members from Council of Europe
member states. Participants should have a good written command of
English (the course language is English), have high competence and
comfort with computer and Internet use, and have regular access to
e-mail and the Internet. 

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and
application forms can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/9E.html


HREA Distance Learning Course 6E06:
Project Development and Management in the NGO Sector
13 September-5 December 2006
Instructor: Felisa Tibbitts 

This course will introduce the basic elements of project development and
management. Step-by-step processes and techniques will be introduced for
the various phases of a project life cycle. The course is intended for
staff of non-governmental organisations who have responsibility for
designing and carrying out a project, but with relatively little
experience. Participants will be assisted in the development of a
project plan that could be submitted to senior management or a funding

The course involves approximately 60 hours of reading, on-line working
groups, interaction with students and instructor and assignments, and is
offered over a 12-week period, beginning on 13 September 2006. The
course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an
emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. Participants will do the required
readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group
discussions and a number of chat sessions.

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and
application forms can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/6E.html 


HREA's Distance Learning Programme (DLP) was initiated in 2000 in
response to an unaddressed need for the continuing education of human
rights professionals and practitioners. The programme builds on HREA's
extensive experience in both the training of professionals (advocates,
educators, development workers) and the use of the new information
technologies to provide resources and to network human rights advocates
and educators. By offering short, practical yet specialised courses via
distance learning barriers that prevent many practitioners from
participating in continuing education - such as a lack of time and/or
lack of funds to participate in regional or national workshops/trainings
-- can be overcome. HREA annually organises distance learning courses on
human rights litigation; human rights monitoring; research & evaluation
in the NGO sector; project development and management; use of
information and communication technologies (ICTs) for human rights work;
rights-based programming; introductions to the European, Inter-American
and United Nations human rights systems; and human rights advocacy.
Courses are offered in English, Arabic, French, German, Russian and
Spanish. For more information about the DLP, please visit:


Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) 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. HREA works in partnership with education agencies, NGOs,
governments and inter-governmental organisations to implement training
programmes for NGO staff, jurists, teachers, and other professionals
involved in human rights work. Current and past partners include, inter
alia, Amnesty International, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies,
Council of Europe, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HURIDOCS, the
Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (IIDH), the Office of the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Open Society Institute and
UNESCO. HREA is registered as a non-profit organisation in the
Netherlands and the USA. More information on HREA can be found at:

Frank Elbers
Distance Learning Programme
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) - Netherlands office
Postbus 59225
1040 KE Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 524 1404 / +31 (0)6 255 96 223 (mob.)
Fax: +31 20 524 1498 | SkypeID: frank_elbers
E-mail: felbers@hrea.org | Web: http://www.hrea.org

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