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Twenty five human rights defenders from ten countries participate in Foundation Course for National Human Rights Institutions

Cambridge/Sydney, 2 September 2009 -- Today HREA and the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) launched the "Foundation Course for National Human Rights Institutions". Twenty five staff members of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in Afghanistan, Australia, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea and Thailand will participate in the next eleven weeks in this facilitated e-learning course, which will familiarise them with the nature, functions and roles of NHRIs. National human rights institutions have emerged as essential partners in the task of protecting and promoting human rights and increase their capacity is critical in order to realise this task. The course involves approximately fifty hours of reading, on-line working groups, assignments, on-line chats sessions, Webinars with guest experts, and interaction among participants, the instructors and invited guests.

The Foundation Course is part of a collaboration between HREA and APF to meet the specific training needs of APF members. HREA will provide online courses that will complement the APF's existing training programmes and provide a 'blended' learning experience for participants. HREA will develop and offer another 10-week course for AFP members on the international human rights system, to be delivered from February 2010.

The Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions is the leading regional human rights organisation in the Asia Pacific. Established in 1996, it is a member-based organisation that supports the establishment and strengthening of national human rights institutions in the region.

See also: HREA and Asia Pacific Forum start partnership to enhance capacity of national human rights institutions (5 June 2009)

 


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