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Course E063: Human Rights Fact-finding and Reporting

4 March-14 April 2015 (E06315) | Register for this course (page opens in new window)
Instructor: Krassimir Kanev

This e-learning course provides participants practical guidance on how to monitor human rights. Participants will be introduced to the doctrine and methodology of fact-finding and reporting, primarily as developed through the work of international organisations and NGOs, such as the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and national human rights NGOs. The participants will 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 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor, webinars, and assignments, and is offered over a six-week period. 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 maximum number of participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1: The Monitoring Concept
Week 2: The Role of the International, Regional and Domestic Standards
Week 3: Developing a Strategy of Action
Week 4: Information-Gathering (incl. Interviewing)
Week 5: Reporting
Week 6: Advocacy, Following-Up and Seeking Redress

About the instructor

Dr. Krassimir Kanev is Chairperson of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. He is a Board member of the Assocation for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT) and former Member of the Executive Committee of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF). He teaches human rights and sociology of law at University of Sofia (Bulgaria). He has extensive experience as a human rights monitor in Europe and Central Asia including for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He has been an HREA e-learning instructor since 2003 for the courses Human Rights Advocacy (in Russian), and Human Rights Litigation.

Who should apply

The course is particularly intended for staff members of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who have some experience with monitoring and alumni of HREA's introductory workshops on human rights monitoring. The course will also be useful for those presently responsible for human rights monitoring in OSCE and UN human rights field operations or who want to be deployed as human rights field officers for the OSCE, United Nations or other inter-governmental organisations. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.

Costs

Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575 (after 1 December 2014: US$ 675); tuition for auditors: US$ 215 (US$ 250 after 1 December 2014).

Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer (additional fee applies) and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

There is a limited number of (partial) scholarships available for this course through HREA's Scholarship Fund.

Registration

Register for this course (page opens in new window). Early registration and payment deadline: 1 December 2014. However, registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Please be advised that courses generally fill up quickly!


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