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Films help educate students about human rights

Films help educate students about human rights

For ten years the UN Human Rights Office has supported the use of films as a way to educate about human rights. In partnership with the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, the Office co-organizes special screenings of films aimed at Geneva schoolchildren.
States must renew dedication to inalienable human rights

States must renew dedication to inalienable human rights

The near daily news of atrocities and needless human suffering at the hands of terrorists and others demands a stronger and more inspired leadership from Member States toward upholding human rights, said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Zeid made his comments at the opening of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“We need people with PH D level compassion”

“We need people with PH D level compassion”

“We need people who are kind. People with PhD level compassion,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Zeid made his remarks during a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. as part of an event looking into the causes of atrocities.
Web resource gathers human rights education commitments of States in one place

Web resource gathers human rights education commitments of States in one place

A web resource called “The Right to Human Rights Education”, which was unveiled during a side event at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council, is a compilation of all the provisions of international and regional instruments that highlight commitments made by States to human rights education.
The study of human rights becomes a core subject in Kenyan universities

The study of human rights becomes a core subject in Kenyan universities

The United Nations Human Rights Office and the University of Nairobi have initialled an agreement ensuring human rights has a place in the curriculum for undergraduate students.
Learning to live in peace in Kyrgyzstan

Learning to live in peace in Kyrgyzstan

Following an intense ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan in 2010, today students at Osh State University start thinking critically about ethnicity through a course initiated by the UN Human Rights Regional Office in Central Asia.
UN Human Rights Office advances human rights education in Mozambique

UN Human Rights Office advances human rights education in Mozambique

The UN Human Rights Office contributes a variety of human rights publications to the Eduardo Mondlane University’s new Human Rights Resource Centre in Maputo, Mozambique.
New advanced studies courses on human rights in Bolivia and Kenya

New advanced studies courses on human rights in Bolivia and Kenya

Advanced studies institutions in Bolivia and Kenya introduce new human rights curricula.
Assisting Communities Together: ACT promoting human rights education

Assisting Communities Together: ACT promoting human rights education

Young Roma women and students in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia explore and put into practice basic human rights principles with the assistance of programmes supported by a joint funding venture of the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Development Programme.
Minority Fellow Fuad Ahmed Al-Selwi: defending the rights of the Al-Akhdam community in Yemen

Minority Fellow Fuad Ahmed Al-Selwi: defending the rights of the Al-Akhdam community in Yemen

Fuad Ahmed Al-Selwi, a participant in the UN Human Rights Office Minorities Fellowship Programme wants to introduce fellow members of his Al-Akhdam community in Yemen to the idea of freedom.
“A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education”

“A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education”

A documentary film on the positive impact of human rights education in people’s lives is launched by the UN Human Rights Office together with two civil society organizations.
Learning to negotiate human rights

Learning to negotiate human rights

United Nations diplomats expand their knowledge of human rights and how to reflect them in their work
Building an understanding of human rights in the classroom

Building an understanding of human rights in the classroom

‘Teach ins’ with a focus on human rights are held in schools throughout Lebanon to launch an education initiative designed to encourage development of a human rights culture.
Students express visions through art on gender equality

Students express visions through art on gender equality

An exhibit presented by the UN Human Rights office features artworks by Geneva students on the theme of gender equality.
Taking the human rights message to the Russian public

Taking the human rights message to the Russian public

Moscow’s International Book Fair attracts thousands of visitors and again gives the UN Human Rights office an opportunity to promote its work and publications.
A special place for human rights

A special place for human rights

Ramallah public library in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank now has a special corner dedicated to human rights
Knowledge for change in Nepal

Knowledge for change in Nepal

The United Nations Human Rights office in Nepal helps protect the rights of indigenous communities near wildlife conservation parks across the country through human rights training
Quality Education for Indigenous Peoples

Quality Education for Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous communities globally are missing out on quality education. A report to the Human Rights Council gives advice for the improved implementation of their right to education.
Moscow Universities offer Master’s degrees in Human Rights for the first time

Moscow Universities offer Master’s degrees in Human Rights for the first time

The Moscow Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights negotiates an agreement for the first Master’s degree in Human Rights in Russia.
A new practical guide to human rights education

A new practical guide to human rights education

A new practical guide to human rights education, which collects 101 exemplary practices from Central Asia, Europe and North America, is now available.
 UN Human Rights Centre opens in the Gulf State of Qatar

UN Human Rights Centre opens in the Gulf State of Qatar

A new cross-regional human rights centre opens in Doha with a mandate to strengthen and promote human rights in South-West Asia and the Arab region.
OHCHR opens new regional human rights hub in Doha

OHCHR opens new regional human rights hub in Doha

A new human rights training and documentation centre to open in Qatar’s capital, Doha.
Ripples of change through human rights education

Ripples of change through human rights education

Silences broken, voices raised, little hands extended…fighting racism through human rights education in schools