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Human Rights Education & Training




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19th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights: "Human Rights Education & Training"

Despite a rather slow start, human rights education is here to stay, both in Asia and Europe. Since the democratic revolutions of the late 1980s and 1990s, human rights and human rights education have taken root in most societies in Asia and Europe. Learning in, for and about human rights is addressed, in a variety of ways, in school curricula, in institutions of higher education, by civil society organisations, and by governments and associations of professionals that have a duty to respect, protect or fulfill human rights.” 

(Dr Sriprapha Petcharamesree and Frank Elbers, Main rapporteurs of the Seminar)

The Asia-Europe Foundation and its partners are pleased to publish the findings and recommendations of the 19th Informal ASEM Seminar on “Human Rights Education & Training” (ASEMHRS19) held on 4-6 November 2019 in Tromsø, Norway.

The publication details the proceedings of the 19th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights and covers the following topics: human rights education in the school systems and the informal and non-formal settings; professional training; access to human rights education; and national implementation and international and multi-stakeholder cooperation.
Providing a comprehensive background on human rights education in Asia and Europe and on emerging issues, the publication is an essential resource for educators, policymakers, scholars, and advocates involved in human rights education.

The Seminar was co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples’ Republic of China. The 19th Seminar was hosted by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the Arctic University of Norway (UiT).

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