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‘A call to action: submit the midterm report for the Fourth Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education

On 16th March 2022 during the 49th session of the HRC, the NGO WG on HREL delivered an oral statement on behalf of 16 organizations titled: ‘A call to action: submit the midterm report for the Fourth Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education’

The Working Group reminded member States to review progress in the national implementation of human rights education and training, by submitting their mid term reports on the fourth phase of the World Programme, to OHCHR, to share the collective responsibility for HREL.

Read the full statement here.

‘The 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: closing gaps between expectations and reality’

During the 48th session of the HRC, under ITEM 3 of the General Debate, the NGO WG on HREL submitted a statement titled: ‘The 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: closing gaps between expectations and reality’.

2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (2011-2021).

The NGO WG on HREL emphasized that ‘Looking at the continuous human rights violations today, it is key to prioritize human rights education, to mitigate distorted information, enhance the response to violations and increase access to and protection of rights. For this, we call on States to commit in providing adequate resources for HRE implementation, to ensure a reporting and monitoring mechanism of the Declaration, including through mainstream it in the UPR and SDG 4.7 reporting, to provide adequate space for civil society to carry out their work and safeguard human rights education.’

Read the full statement here

The 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (2011) and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

During the 47th session of the HRC, during the ID with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, the NGO Working on Human Rights Education and Learning submitted a written statement titled ‘The 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (2011) and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education’.

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‘Covid-19, human rights and youth’: oral statement delivered during the 46th session of the HRC

On 10 March 2021 during the 46th session of the HRC, the NGO WG on HREL delivered an oral statement on behalf of 23 organizations titled: ‘COVID-19, human rights and youth’.

The Working Group asked Member States to address the human rights impacts of the pandemic in a concrete way through recommendations during the UPR Working Group sessions and in particular the right to quality of education. Especially in the times of the crisis, member states must have a coherent approach to human rights education. 

FULL STATEMENT is available here

The implementation of the Plan of Action and COVID-19

On 24th September, the NGO WG on HREL delivered an oral statement titled: ‘Implementation of the Plan of Action and COVID-19’ during the 45th session of the HRC, co-signed by 21 organizations. The statement demands States to submit their report on the review of the implementation of the third phase of the World Programme and emphasized that despite COVID-19’s challenges to the implementation of the Plan, there cannot be a “break” for human rights education which is a key condition for human rights to be a reality.

In addition, it emphasizes concrete steps to take to ensure an effective and inclusive implementation of the Plan of Action.

Full statement is available here