MINELRES: Call for applications for HREA e-learning courses

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Mon Oct 15 10:36:04 2007

Original sender: Frank Elbers <frank.elbers@hrea.org>

Dear MINELRES-L members,

HREA is calling for applications for the distance learning courses
"Human Rights Advocacy", "Human Rights Litigation", "Human Rights
Monitoring" (in French), "Introduction to Human Rights Education" (in
German), "Monitoring Children's Rights", "Rights-Based Programming", and
"The United Nations Human Rights System", which will be offered from
February-June 2008.

Please note that the registration deadline for these courses is 1
December 2007. Further information about each course can be found below.

Best wishes,

Frank Elbers
Distance Learning Programme, HREA


HREA Distance Learning Course 2E08:
Human Rights Advocacy
20 February-17 June 2008
Instructor: Dr. Valerie Miller

This distance learning course provides human rights activists with a
range of proven human rights advocacy methods and critical concepts as a
means for them to reflect on and deepen their own work. The course will
look at the theoretical foundations and critical issues of human rights
advocacy, elements of advocacy planning, and strategies for action.

In this course, participants should deepen their knowledge about
advocacy and its relationship to: Politics and Democracy; Citizenship
and Rights; Power, Empowerment and Citizen Education and Action.
Participants will gain basic skills and knowledge in: visioning;
contextual analysis; problem/issue identification; analysis and
prioritisation; power mapping; goal/objective setting; analysis of
advocacy arenas and strategies; message development, reports and media;
public outreach and mobilization; lobbying and negotiation; advocacy
leadership and coalition building; and assessment of success.

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and 
application forms can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/2E.html


HREA Distance Learning Course 13E08:
Human Rights Litigation
13 February-20 May 2008
Instructors: Margarita Ilieva and Krassimir Kanev

This distance learning course provides participants with knowledge of
the concept, types, venues and strategies of human rights litigation. It
focuses on strategic litigation and legal aid both internationally and
domestically, and explores a variety of strategies: issue or group
litigation, community based services, legal clinics, NGO or law firm
resourced actions and others. Participants are familiarised with court
ordered structural relief, as well as with conventional victim-centered
legal remedies. Non-litigation strategies to maximise the chances of
winning cases and to ensure the effective enforcement of decisions too
are considered. The course places impact litigation in its social and
institutional context exploring issues of its legitimacy, as well as the
ethics and accountability of human rights lawyering. In the last part it
highlights litigation for the vindication of several groups of
substantive rights, including economic and social rights, freedom from
torture, equality and asylum. Participants will be provided with
examples from various jurisdictions in the world illustrating strategic
human rights litigation in practice.

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and 
application forms can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/13E.html


HREA Distance Learning Course 10E08:
The United Nations Human Rights System
11 February-11 May 2008
Instructor: Dr. Gerd Oberleitner

The aim of the course is to provide information on the United Nations
(UN) human rights system by looking at the work and outcome of the Human
Rights Council. The course is scheduled parallel to the regular session
of the Human Rights Council. By making extensive use of the Council's
website - which contains legal documents, press releases, and audio and
video files on the session, and is updated daily - course participants
will be able to learn about the UNs human rights activities as they
present themselves to the world: in real-time, with immediate access to
the original material, live and uncut, and with all the dramatic twists
and turns a session of the Council offers. The course will expose
students to the real world of human rights in the making and offer them
a glimpse into the world of human rights diplomacy on the highest
possible level. An experienced course instructor will guide the
participants through the Council's session so as to ensure a learning
experience on a high academic level.

The course will provide a brief introduction to the UN human rights
system, the core UN human rights standards and supervisory machineries,
the charter- and treaty-based system of human rights protection, the
role of the current Human Rights Council, the old UN Commission on Human
Rights, the Subcommission on the Protection and Promotion of Human
Rights, ECOSOC, General Assembly and Security Council. Special focus
will be put on the history, mandate and composition of the Council, its
legal and political characteristics, the role of the Office of the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN reform process. This will
enable students to follow the deliberations of the Council and
understand the events as they unfold. 

Relevant on-line teaching material to this end will be provided.

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and 
application forms can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/10E.html


HREA Distance Learning Course 14E08:
Monitoring Children's Rights
20 February-27 May 2008
Instructor: Felisa Tibbitts

This distance learning course is a basic introduction to measuring and 
monitoring the status of children, including basic health and welfare, 
education, civil rights and freedoms, and special protection measures.
The course will address the full cycle of monitoring, including tool 
development; methodologies for carrying out monitoring (both 
organizationally as well as through the involvement of children); and
the application of results for improving the promotion and protection of
children's human rights.

Learners will explore different indicators and indexes already in use
and the basics of constructing a social indicator. Through a blending of
theoretical and case study material, the course will illustrate
procedures for the appraisal, selection, development and analysis of
data, although highly technical aspects of mathematical manipulation of
indicators and statistical regression will not be addressed.

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and 
application forms can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/14E.html


HREA Distance Learning Course 5E08:
Rights-Based Programming
27 February-20 May 2008
Instructor: Felisa Tibbitts

This distance learning course introduces staff members of
(international) development agencies and NGOs to rights-based
programming. A human rights-based approach is a conceptual framework for
the process of human development that is normatively based on
international human rights standards and operationally directed to
promoting and protecting human rights. Essentially, a human rights-based
approach integrates the norms, standards and principles of the
international human rights system into the plans, policies and processes
of programme development.

Participants will deepen their knowledge about project and programme
development from a human rights framework and learn how to apply the
principles of equity, empowerment, participation and accountability to
various phases of project planning and implementation. Participants will
also gain sensitivity to how programs can integrate non-discriminatory
practice and give attention to vulnerable groups. The course will focus
on practical tools for human rights situation assessment, programme
planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation within the
rights-based conceptual framework.

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and 
application forms can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/5E.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 | Fax: +31 20 524 1498
Web: http://www.hrea.org

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