"Human rights are our common heritage and their realization depends on the contributions
that each and every one of us is willing to make, individually and collectively, now and in the future."

Louise Arbour
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2004 - Activities in the Field: MONUC



A commemorative human rights day ceremony involving local officials, civil society and performances on human rights education will be held in the Bandundu centre. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be distributed during the event.



A series of activities to celebrate International Human Rights Day has been commenced. In conjunction with PIO, an educational session on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was held at a Secondary school in Beni that was attended by over 300 students. On 25 November HRS Beni began a series of activities to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence that will culminate on 10 December, International Human Rights Day. Activities were held in coordination with members of the Beni Commission on Sexual Violence.



A week of activities, beginning 3 December, has been organised in collaboration with HCDH and local networks. The activities planned on the theme of "human rights education" will include education programs using local media, workshops, conferences and seminars. A sports event is also due to be held.



On 9 December 2004 a quiz competition has been organized by the HRS for students of secondary school institutions in Gbadolite on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with special focus on human rights education


On International Human Rights Day a Meeting and Discussion Forum will be held during which the messages of the United Nations Secretary General and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will be read out. Speeches will also be made by HRS Gbadolite and the Committee of local human rights associations.

Participants will include Human Rights Defenders, students, teachers and the media.

Invited guests include representatives of traditional, administrative, military and security authorities, religious bodies, members of the judiciary, Military observers.



A public lecture has been organised by a local university lecturer on human rights education for the benefit of the local authorities, human rights NGOs, civil society, women and school children. A number of items will be distributed including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.



The office is organising a press conference with local media stations to examine the importance of human rights in the electoral process in the DRC. A conference/debate is also planned for local and international partners and civil society groups from Kananga on women's rights. A number of items, provided by Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will be distributed in the course of this event.



A poetry contest has been orgnaised. Local schools are producing a show on 10 December with traditional dances and music.



HRS already set up a Preparatory Committee for the Competition on the Theme of Torture sponsored by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is targeted at secondary schools in Kisangani . The preparations are being carried out as part of the commemoration of International Human Rights Day, in the context of this years' theme: "Human Rights Education". The awareness raising campaign on the prohibition of torture started on 2 December, and winners of the competition will be announced on 10 December. In collaboration with local NGOs, official meetings with the Governor of the Province and the Commander of the 9MR will be held and a conference debate on Human Rights Education at universities and schools is also planned.



An official ceremony commemorating human rights day in collaboration with local government officials ahs been organised. Public information broadcasts on Human Rights Day will be made on Radio Okapi.


Mbuji Mayi

A public ceremony will be held on international Human Rights Day, during which a number of educational materials will be distributed to local schools. A University lecturer will introduce the theme of human rights education and a half day of reflection and debate on human rights education will involve local partners.


In Uvira, the HRS together with our local partner Arche d'Alliance will organise a "Dinner-Partage" on the International Human Rights Day. Invitees will include representatives from civil society, public authorities, students and the business community. A speech by HRS will focus on the importance of educating everyone on his/her human rights by fighting against impunity.