Dear Colleagues, The HREA Global Consultation on human rights education (HRE), with an emphasis on primary and secondary schools, is a significant contribution to the General Assembly plenary in December. In this regard I have a question about the 7 September 2000 report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the General Assembly (A/55/360), a mid-term evaluation on progress made towards achievement of the objectives of the UN Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004). Section V: Recommendations on Human Rights Education: Concepts and Methods stated: 131: "Value-oriented human rights education alone is insufficient. Human rights education should make reference to human rights instruments and mechanisms of protection for ensuring accountability. 132: Creative participatory teaching methods that are relevant to people's lives should be used, and human rights should be introduced as a holistic framework." These recommendations were made five years ago. Does anyone know if they have been implemented, and with what success? My expertise is human rights and freedom of religion or belief with a focus on article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, for protection and to ensure accountability. Does anyone know if there are primary or secondary school curriculum that refers specifically to these two human rights instruments? Human rights are human law. Primary and secondary school teachers should be trained to introduce value-oriented human rights education as a holistic framework, legally-binding in most cases by multilateral treaty law, even if specific human rights instruments and mechanisms for protection are not part of the actual curriculum at the primary and secondary level. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) website http://www.ohchr.org is currently being updated for greatly improved functionality. This new technology does not include the UN Database on Human Rights Education, at least in the area of Human Rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief. Under the OHCHR Database Substantive Focus for Religious Intolerance (it should read Freedom of Religion or Belief to be in compliance with the Special Rapporteur's title for this Focus), there are only four entries under Materials, and eleven entries under Programmes. Entry descriptions do not refer to a holistic framework, or to specific human rights instruments for protection to ensure accountability. The General Assembly plenary in December should include ways of modernizing the UN Database for Human Rights Education, providing funds and staff to improve functionality for ease of use and quicker reference to what we hope will be a growing HRE anthology with curricula for primary and secondary school education. Michael M. Roan The Tandem Project Minneapolis, MN email@example.com ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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