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OHCHR opens new regional human rights hub in Doha

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Received by mail May 25, 2009
Source: HREA’s hr-education,
which got it from the OHCHR Website.

25 May 2009 — The human rights education and capacity development work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will have a much higher profile and longer reach with the opening of the United Nations centre for Human Rights in Qatar’s capital, Doha. OHCHR has been shifting its emphasis to the field for the last few years and the development of the new United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab region underscores that strategic view. The Centre will be officially opened by Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Qatari Minister of State, His Excellency Ahmad Bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud.   Continue Reading…

calendar of parallel events

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advanced unofficial version

Received by mail:
From: NGO Welcome Desk
Date: 22 May 2009

Dear friends and colleagues, Following a long-time request from many among you, we have put an unofficial calendar of NGO parallel events to the Human Rights Council’sessions on the website of the NGO Welcome Desk. The aim of this advanced unofficial version of the calendar is to facilitate your planning by making available information on upcoming events in a timely manner, such as to complement the information distributed through the official Bulletin of Informal meetings which usually becomes available the day before an event is held.  Continue Reading…

ITU Telecom World 2009

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Geneva 5-9 october 2009

Registration; Trip Planner;
Homepage; Forum; About ITU Telecom.

Only held every few years, ITU TELECOM WORLD is an unrivaled event for the global telecommunication and information communication technology (ICT) sector. Forward-looking, WORLD 2009 attracts all stakeholders from across the sector and around the world for a truly global, world-class event and networking platform. To address shared global challenges in today’s information society, WORLD 2009 incorporates thematic elements to highlight the reach and role of telecommunications and ICT in areas of societal change such as the digital divide, climate change, and disaster relief. With its focus on development opportunities, the event brings together corporate social responsibility and displays cases of best practices.

Link: The ITU Homepage.

CHR chief seeks help of teachers

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Published on the Manila Bulletin mb, May 18, 2009.

Chairwoman Leila de Lima of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged educators to be at the forefront of the campaign to promote and protect human rights in the country.

De Lima made the call as she keynoted the National Educators’ Conference sponsored by Ibon Foundation from May 12 to 15 in Tayabas, Quezon …

… De Lima noted that human rights education is the key to making each Filipino aware that his rights are sacrosanct and must not be violated by any party, including parties in conflict.

She stressed that as students “come across instances in the past where human rights have been abused, both here and abroad, they may gain a deeper appreciation of the significant individual and collective protection offered by human rights law, and they may begin to feel the foreboding that comes with the realization that there are interests which seek to undermine precisely those protections.” (full text).

ICT for development in India

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Opportunities and Challenges, by UNESCO, Communication and Information Unit: India, 21 May 2009, 14:30 – 17:30 ITU Headquarters, Room B1

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From: Rajen Varada
Date: Sun, 17 May 2009

Dear Madam/Sir, The Ministry of Information Technology Government of India hosted by UNESCO, New Delhi Cluster Office is having a panel discussion on “ICT for development in India: Opportunities and challenges”  on the 21st May 2009 at the International at the Telecommunication Union, room B1. The session will highlight the work in progress and highlight the focus of ICT in government and present cases studies from the Indian experience.  
We are looking forward to your active participation. Best regards, Rajen Varada, Moderator & Resource Person, United Nations Solution Exchange ICTD Community.

Vacancy: Africa HRE Project Manager with Amnesty International

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in Dakar – Applications are invited until 29 May 2009

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From: Srirak Plipat
Date: 14/05/2009

A post for Project Manager has opened at Amnesty International (AI). AI is a worldwide movement of 2.2 million people standing up for internationally recognized human rights. We research, campaign and lobby to effect long-term, sustainable change, and to protect individuals from rights’ abuses.

This post is responsible for managing Amnesty International’s Africa Human Rights Education (AHRE) Project. This is a new four-year project, aimed at building human rights constituencies for social change through a variety of HRE delivery mechanisms.

The project will be implemented in ten African countries.  Continue Reading…

HRE curriculum guide for schools in South Africa now available

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Reveived by mail:
From: Granville Whittle
Date: 08/05/2009

Download the Guide.

Dear colleagues, Values and Human Rights in the Curriculum: A Guide was published in 2005 by the South African Department of Education and is now available on-line for download.  Continue Reading…

E-Business and Poverty Alleviation

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Invitation to the Action Line Facilitation meeting on “E-Business and Poverty Alleviation”, 20 May 2009

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From: ICT4D
Date: 08/05/2009

Dear Madam/Sir, Please find attached an invitation letter addressed to all WSIS stakeholders regarding the Interactive Panel Debate on “E-Business and Poverty Alleviation”, to be held on 20 May 2009 at the International Telecommunication Union, room C2.

Information on the E-business event is available on the WSIS Forum 2009 website, at WSIS Forum 2009,  and from the Forum’s Homepage.

We are looking forward to your participation. Best regards, Cécile Barayre-El Shami.

Online collaborative teaching tool by Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation

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Received by mail:
From: Ann Mason
Date: 01/05/2009

Dear colleagues, The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation has created an online collaborative teaching tool that is hosted by OzProjects at:

The Foundation utilises peace-building stories in its activities. This particular tool is based upon a story called “Turtle Dreaming”. It refers to the plight of the snake-necked turtles. Students and teachers can login as guests to first view the tool at

The Murray River’s future is of concern to many Australians. The plight of the snake-necked turtle is representative of the issues. This project explores peace-building ways in which individuals and communities can work together to resolve the problems. Students can individually read the story or work with their teachers and class to discuss the different story endings and then create their own to share with others.  Continue Reading…

Report on the right to education of persons in detention

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Please find herewith the report on the right to education of persons in detention. Vernor Munoz will orally present this report before Human Rights Council next month but it is now public in the OHCHR web site, 26 pdf-pages.