MINELRES: Final call for applications for Human Rights Monitoring course

HREA Distance Learning Programme minelres@lists.microlink.lv
Fri Jul 23 09:41:01 2004


HREA distance education course
(27 September-19 December 2004)

Dear Colleagues,

HREA is issuing a final call for applications for the distance learning 
course "Human
Rights Monitoring", which will be offered from September-December 2004.
Course instructor is Dr. Krassimir Kanev.

Please note that the registration deadline for this course is 1 September 2004.

Best wishes,

Frank Elbers
Distance Learning Programme, HREA


HREA Distance Learning Course 4E04:
27 September-19 December 2004
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 organizations 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.

The course involves 60 hours of reading, on-line working groups,
interaction with students and instructor and assignments, and is offered
over a three-month period, beginning on 27 September 2004. E-mail will be
the main medium for the course, although participants will need to have
periodic access to the Web. The course is based on a participatory, active
learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. Participants
will do the required reading, prepare individual and group assignments and
participate actively in group discussions. The course draws on a variety
of sources, including, but not limited to: Malcolm Evans and Rod Morgan,
Combating Torture in Europe: The Work and Standards of the European
Committee for the Prevention of Torture (Strasbourg: Council of Europe,
2002), Human Rights Monitoring (Warsaw: Helsinki Foundation for Human
Rights, 2001), Monitoring places of detention: a practical guide for NGOs
(Geneva: APT and ODIHR, December 2002), Camille Giffard, Torture Reporting
Handbook (Essex: Essex University, 2000), Training Manual on Human Rights
Monitoring (Geneva: United Nations, 2001), and UKWELI: Monitoring and
Documenting Human Rights in Africa (Dakar: Amnesty International and
CODESRIA, 2000).

Application deadline: 1 September 2004

A more detailed course description, course outline, information about the
course instructor, evaluations of the 2002 course and application forms
can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/4E.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 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; and human rights advocacy (in English, Arabic
and Russian). 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: http://www.hrea.org