The Training is a newly established component under the framework of the Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights series. It was introduced in 2017 to support the series’ overall objective of promoting mutual understanding and cooperation on human rights issues in ASEM. The purpose of this training is to improve the capacity of ASEM Partners to promote human rights in their work.
The upcoming Training on “Human Rights and Children” as a follow-up of the 17th Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar will take place on 9-13 April 2018 in Leiden, Netherlands. This 4.5-day training mainly targets representatives from ASEM governments, ministries or departments, national and regional human rights institutions working on human rights and the rights of children. Limited places are available for civil society organisations working on the implementation of the UN CRC.
The Training shall closely examine contemporary children’s rights issues from a legal perspective accompanied by outlooks from other academic disciplines, legal systems, local viewpoints and realities. This training is a follow-up and carries forward the recommendations of the 17th Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights on the theme of Human Rights and Children that took place on 7-8 November 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Training session will take place at Leiden University.
About the Annual Human Rights Training
The Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights promotes mutual understanding and co-operation between Europe and Asia in the area of political dialogue, particularly on human rights issues, and encourages an open and non-confrontational debate between representatives of civil society organisations and officials from all ASEM Partners. The Seminar series was initiated by France and Sweden in 1997 on the occasion of the 1st ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
The Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights series and the Annual Human Rights Training are co-organised by the ASEF, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. ASEF acts as the Secretariat of the Seminar series.