MINELRES: Extended deadline: E-learning course "Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law"

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Fri Jun 26 17:47:55 2009

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

Dear MINELRES-L members,

The deadline for the HREA distance learning course "Minority Rights, 
Indigenous Peoples and International Law" has been extended until 1
The course will be offered from 14 September-22 November 2009.

Further information about the course can be found below.

Best wishes,

Frank Elbers
Distance Learning Programme, HREA


HREA Distance Learning Course 12T09:
Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law
14 September-22 November 2009
Instructor: Dr. Gerd Oberleitner

This course is an introduction to the protection of minority rights
under international law and allows participants to explore and
critically assess the norms and institutions for the protection of
minorities and indigenous peoples which have been created over the past
half century. The course provides an introduction to the history of
minority protection before 1945 and traces the conceptual, political and
legal questions associated with and arising from the protection of
minorities, as well as the struggle over the definition of minorities.
It discusses how the rights of national, ethnic, linguistic and
religious minorities and of indigenous and tribal groups are protected
and promoted under international legal regimes - in the United Nations
and in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Participants will debate the
challenges of protecting "new" minorities (such as migrants) as opposed
to "old" (autochthonous) minorities and explore different conceptual
approaches - human rights, group rights, peoples' rights,
self-determination, autonomy and minority rights - as well as the link
between non-discrimination and minority rights.

The course relies extensively on case studies from various regions of
the world in order to explore selected topics (such as religious and
linguistic rights, land rights of tribal communities, education and
cultural rights, the effects of climate change, participation in public
affairs, etc.). In doing so, the course analyses the contribution to the
development of minority rights and the rights of indigenous peoples
which have been made by a range of international organisations and
bodies (the UN treaty bodies, the African Commission on Human and
Peoples" Rights, the European and Inter-American Court of Human Rights,
the European Union, the OSCE and the International Labour Organisation).
The case studies will also allow course participants to develop skills
in accessing and analysing "jurisprudence" on minority rights.

The course is aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain
knowledge in the field of the minority rights and rights of indigenous
peoples, university students of international law, international
relations, politics and other areas and NGO staff members.

A more detailed course description, further logistical information, and
online application form can be found at: 


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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