Training in “Using International Mechanism for Human Rights- Scope and Limitations for Indian NGOs”

July 21, 2011

17-18 September 2011: Bangalore

| Trainer: Dr. Rajkumar |

The protection and promotion of human rights is a core task of the UN. Over the past half century the UN has been active in drafting and adopting human rights standards and norms, and a considerable number of institutions, procedures and mechanisms have been (and continue to be) created in the field of human rights. This training program is an introduction to the United Nations (UN) human rights system and specifically on the use of international mechanisms.

This course will provide an overview and introduction to the UN human rights system. It will introduce the core UN human rights standards and discuss their universality. It will present the UN treaty bodies which monitor compliance with human rights treaties, the Human Rights Council and its mandate, and the subsidiary bodies. It will highlight the role of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and discuss the place of specific group’s rights in the UN system, the mainstreaming of human rights in UN specialized agencies, programmes and the role of civil society in the UN Human rights framework.

The course is intended to provide participants with the necessary skills to understand the UN human rights system and the standards and institutions, procedures and mechanisms, the role of human rights in the wider UN system, and on the potential and limits of the United Nations in protecting and promoting human rights. Participants will learn how law, policy and diplomacy come together and have shaped the UN human rights system, and how the system can be explained in theory and the functions in practice. Most importantly the limitation for Indian NGO’s will be considered.

Who should apply:

The course is aimed at university students of international relations, international law, politics and other areas, as well as NGO staff members, staff of national and international organizations and any others who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of the UN human rights systems. Participants should have a good command of English. The number of participants is limited to 30. SICHREM aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution among the participants and also reserves the right to invite some participants to the program. 

Course content:

  • Brief Historical Note on Origins
  • Overview of International Human Rights Instruments – What are they? (Round-up)
  • Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – International Mechanisms

The UN Human Rights Architecture

Focus on the Human Rights Council (HRC) and its mechanisms – Applications

Mechanisms derived from specific treaties

  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Other International mechanisms – overview
  • Specific groups and mechanisms
  • Linkages to Domestic mechanisms

 Methodology: The trainer instructor will provide information in the form of presentations and with material and “mini-lectures” and will guide participants through the required skills. During the course the staff from SICHREM will be available to participants in Q&A sessions for sharing experiences. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Costs: The course fee is Rs. 3000/- for resident participants and Rs. 1600/- for non-resident participants. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course. The accommodation is available only from 17th Morning to the Evening of 18th September 2011.

Venue: Karnataka Regional Organisation For Social Service (KROSS), No 58/6, 2nd Cross, Da Costa Layout, Wheeler Road Extension, Bangalore: 560 084. Phone: 91 80 25496812 /13, Email:krossdir@gmail.com Directions: (Map will be sent later)

How to apply: Please complete the application form and send it to R.MANOHAR, Head of Programs, with a valid signature and a stamp from your organization, in support of your application and the Demand Draft / Cheque drawn in favour of “SICHREM” payable at Bangalore. Application deadline: 30 August 2011

 About the Trainer: Dr. Rajkumar is the former Secretary-General of Pax Romana (INGO), and has been a Visiting Staff to the Mahidol University, Thailand for teaching MA (Human Rights). He served as an Independent Expert to the UN. He has served as the Advisor and Consultant to Forum Asia, Pax Romana and People’s Watch. He was a member of the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN and presently associated with People’s Tribunal on Torture as Juror. He is  Involved with a number of programmes of People’s Watch and the Institute of Human Rights Education(IHRE) as a Facilitator, especially on Human Rights Education, Human Rights Defenders, Fisherfolk, etc. He provides assistance to organisations such as NCDHR, IDSN, etc. on Dalit rights, etc.

About SICHREM: SICHREM has a track record of offering quality and pioneering training programmes for the past 15 years. From 2005, realizing the need for spreading knowledge of human rights and on feeling the need for monitoring all human rights related to civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and the engagement with the State, SICHREM began to partner with qualified and experienced institutions, and expert resource persons, to offer training programs in human rights. The training programs organised by SICHREM attract demand from various organisations and institutions. The participants in their feedback state that the trainings helped them in upscaling their knowledge and skills on human rights and also transforming their attitudes. Encouraged by this positive experience, SICHREM continues in its efforts to facilitate short-term training courses in human rights. SICHREM is also involved in monitoring the status of human rights, advocacy, campaign, legal aid for victims and human rights education.

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