First of a Kind Human Rights Distant Learning Program Launched

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CIHRS hosted four-day preparatory meetings of the newly-initiated distant learning program: “Youth for Human Rights”. The Program provides intensively well organized state of the art training course on human rights in the Arab World, under supervision of three human rights organizations, namely, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, the Arab Institute for Human Rights (Tunisia), and the Human Rights Education Association (the Netherlands and the United States).

“Youth for Human Rights” aims at achieving a number of goals in terms of enhancing human rights capacities and skills in the Arab World, creating a regional network of human rights defenders, and upgrading Arab human rights activists&#146 capabilities to use modern tools and technologies in order to mobilize all potentials for the defense of human rights issues.

The Program&#146s 75 participants, 18 to 35 year-olds, are carefully chosen to represent as many different Arab countries as possible; females are given equal representation parallel to their number and influence in the society. Participants are activists from Arab countries that face formidable challenges within the framework of building domestic peace and national conciliation. A range of prominent trainers will be participating in this program, including: Ahmed Kar&#146oud (Lebanon), Amina Lemrini (Morocco), Mahmoud Qandil (Egypt), and Naziha Boudhib (Tunisia).

Spanning a period of 14 months ending in January 2008, the program will cover two distant courses on human rights advocacy and monitoring. It will also include two training workshops in Tunis and Cairo on advocacy, monitoring and design of human rights national plans and strategies in the Arab World.

This distant learning program has the peculiarity of summing up the training experiences of three human rights organizations active in the area of human rights education: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), the Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR), and the Human Rights Education Association (HREA).

CIHRS – a non-governmental regional organization, founded in 1994 for the purpose of disseminating human rights culture and promoting and respecting human rights and democracy in Egypt and the Arab World. CIHRS aims equally at developing and proposing legislative and constitutional policies and alternatives conducive of improving human rights status in the Arab region. Still further, it aims at organizing courses with view to building capacities and promoting knowledge and skills in the area of democracy and human rights. CIHRS also issues publications and periodicals tackling human rights issues, and applies a range of different international, regional and national mechanisms to raise human rights issues in the Arab region.

AIHR – an independent pan-Arab non-governmental organization founded in 1989 with the aim of disseminating human rights culture and democracy across the Arab World through developing human rights training and education. In achievement of these goals, AIHR organizes training courses and conferences; conducts research on human rights, in general, and human rights in the Arab region, in particular; enhances the capacity of the Arab non-governmental organizations, civil society and countries; and facilitates the exchange of human rights-related information.

HREA – an international non-governmental organization promoting the education of and training of human rights activists and professionals. HREA actively involves itself in developing educational curricula and programs and building societies through applying computer software technologies. HREA is legally registered as a non-profit organization in the Kingdom of Morocco, the Netherlands, and the United States.

The program&#146s curricula are designed in accordance with the most up-to-date international concepts and strategies in terms of defending and monitoring human rights.

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