The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights Education and Dissemination
The Conference on Human Rights Education and Dissemination:
A 21st Century Agenda
The Second International Conference of Human Rights Movement in the Arab World
13-16 October 2000, Cairo
At invitation of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, in coordination with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, with the participation of around one hundred human rights experts and defenders from forty human rights groups from 14 Arab states, as well as experts from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, the Conference on Human Rights Education and Dissemination: A 21st Century Agenda was held in Cairo from the 13th to the 16th of October, 2000.
Having considered the international human rights instruments, as well as documents, declarations and reports adopted by relevant regional and international conferences, especially the UNESCO’s International Congress on the Teaching of Human Rights – Vienna, 1978, International Congress on Human Rights Teaching, Information and Documentation – Malta, 1987, the International Congress on Education for Human Rights and Democracy – Montreal, 1993, the UNESCO Regional Conference on Human Rights Education in Africa – Dakar, 1998, the UNESCO Regional Conference on Human Rights Education in Asia and the Pacific – Pune, 1999, the UNESCO Regional Conference on Human Rights Education in the Arab States – Rabat, 1999, and the First International Conference of the Arab Human Rights Movement – Casablanca, 1999,
Having reviewed the United Nations Plan of Action for the Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), and the progress achieved halfway through the Decade,
Having held extensive deliberations throughout its sessions, taking into consideration the close link between the lack of respect for human rights and the prevalence of poverty and corruption as evidenced by the World Human Development Report and the Report on Corruption in the World, and also noting the increasing concern at the adverse effects of globalisation on the economic level, the abuse of human rights considerations in international relations, and the grave injustices they caused against peoples, especially in the Arab World,
Decides to adopt the following Cairo Declaration on Human Rights Education and Dissemination.
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