19 June 2020: Joint Written Statement – HRE& COVID-19 44th Session of the HRC

A joint written statement titled: “COVID-19 and Human Rights Education” was submitted by 18 NGOs to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council.

The statement highlights four key actions:

  1. The rise of manifestation of racism, xenophobia, and discrimination such hate speech and hate crime, highlights the urgent need to accelerate the process of integrating human rights education for all young people, including those with disabilities, into all public and private educational systems and curricula, to foster a future generation that can uphold
    and defend their own rights as well as the rights of others, standing up against injustice and develop a sense of common humanity.
  2. The participation and voices of all youth is essential, particularly those who are most marginalized. This is crucial, to ensure that their firsthand experiences can contribute towards building truly inclusive, equal and just societies, ensuring that no one is left behind.
  3. Access to funds and resources for organizations working on human rights education with youth should be guaranteed, especially in these crucial times, ensuring that existing and future programmes are prioritized and funding ring-fenced.
  4. States must ensure that all people, without exception of any kind, and based on the
    principles of equality and non-discrimination, have access to accurate, reliable, and timely information about COVID-19 and to education about their human rights, including health, in a variety of accessible languages and formats.

Full statement is available HERE.

6 March 2020: Joint Oral Statement delivered during the 43rd session of HRC

On 6 March 2020, a Joint Oral Statement on behalf of 12 organizations of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning was delivered at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council at the UN Office, Geneva, Switzerland.

The statement emphasizes that  human rights education with youth is not a tick box exercise, but rather a necessary condition to prevent human rights violations and abuses, achieve peaceful, inclusive, and just societies. Recognizing that “the promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda are interrelated and mutually reinforcing,” effective coordination among all actors involved is crucial.

Full statement is available HERE

13 September 2019: Joint Oral Statement delivered at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council.

On 13th September 2019, a Joint Oral Statement on behalf of 17 organizations was delivered at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council.

The statement welcomed the Plan of Action for the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, focusing on youth, that has been prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in close consultation with several stakeholders including civil society and particularly youth representatives.

The statement emphasized that a significant gap still exists between formal international support for Human Rights Education and national implementation and called on States to support the adoption of the Plan of Action for the fourth phase of the World Programme and to ensure significant commitments to implement it, including submitting follow-up reports requested by OHCHR.

Full statement is available HERE

15 February 2019: Joint written statement to the 40th session of the HRC

A joint written statement titled “World Programme for Human Rights Education and Target 4.7 of the SDGs Implementation and follow-up in the next Plan of Action?” was submitted during the 40th session of the HRC.

In its resolution A/HRC/RES/39/3 adopted on 27 September 2018, the Human Rights Council decided to make youth the focus group of the fourth phase of the World Programme and to align the fourth phase with the 2030 Agenda and specifically with target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, as reflected in the OHCHR report (A/HRC/39/35). In the same resolution, the HRC also requests the OHCHR to prepare a Plan of Action for the fourth phase, in consultation with all stakeholders, and to submit it for its consideration during forty-second session of the Human Rights Council in September 2019. In this statement the NGO WG on HREL emphasized key points for the Plan of Action of the fourth phase of the World Programme on Human Rights Education.

The statement was co-signed by 14 organizations.

FULL STATEMENT

8 March 2019: Joint Oral Statement delivered at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council

On 8th March 2019, a Joint Oral Statement was delivered during the 40th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of 17 organizations.

The Resolution A/HRC/RES/39/3 adopted on 27 September 2018 requested the OHCHR to prepare a Plan of Action for the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, in consultation with all stakeholders, and to submit it during forty-second session of the Human Rights Council.

In this context, the NGO WG on HREL provided key points for the draft of the Plan of Action, including  the importance of indicators for measuring impact of HRE advancement and of an inclusive Plan of Action, which adequately reflects young peoples’ voices.

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