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Global Regional Resource Centers



 

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Northern Africa

The Arab Institute for Human Rights (AIHR)
Tunis, Tunisia
www.aihr.org.tn
Abdelbasset Ben Hassen, Director

The Arab Institute for Human Rights is an independent Arab NGO founded in 1989 at the initiative of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, Arab Lawyers Union, and the Tunisian League for the Defense of Human Rights, with the coordination and support of the UN Center for Human Rights. It aims at raising awareness of civil, political, cultural, social and economic human rights and the dissemination of the culture of human rights and democracy.

Southern Africa

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLC)
Durban, South Africa
http://www.csls.org.za
Chuck Scott, Director, & Professor David McQuoid-Mason

The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies aims to sustain a developing democracy in South Africa by promoting a rights culture and a protective and responsive legal system that reflects individual and community needs and aspirations. Established in 1987 in the Law Faculty at the University of Natal, Durban, the Centre has continued to meet national needs for legal training, including voter education in the 1994 and 1999 elections, the development of educational materials, and the training of teachers in preparation for South Africa's new Democracy and Human Rights curriculum. In collaboration with the National Street Law programme, which is based at the Centre, the  Centre has published ground-breaking educational materials such as Democracy for All and Human Rights for All, which are used in many parts of Africa and North America.

Asia

Asian Regional Resource Center for Human Rights Education (ARRC)
Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.arrc-hre.com/
Theresa Limpin, Director

The Asian Regional Resource Center for Human Rights Education supports human rights education work in the Asia-Pacific regions. It builds and supports an extensive network among diverse groups in the region and facilitates sharing of experiences in the following fields:

Latin America

Programa Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones
Santiago, Chile
Abraham Magendzo Kolestrein

 Founded in 1971, the Interdisciplinary Program of Research in Education (PIIE) is a non-profit organization attached to the University Academy of Christian Humanism of Santiago. Its mission is to contribute to the construction of a fair society through education that can empower people to respond creatively to social, environmental and economic problems, encourage civic participation, and develop inclusive, non-discriminatory communities. PIIE started its work in HRE during the military regime, preparing teachers, producing materials, and writing articles related to the methodology of teaching human rights.  PIIE is part of an important network of human rights educators that is spread all over Latin-American.

North America

University of Minnesota Human Rights Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
http://www.umn.edu/humanrts and http://www.hrusa.org
Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, Co-Director

Inaugurated in 1988, the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center assists human rights advocates, monitors, students, and educators access effective tools, practices, and networks to promote a culture of human rights and responsibilities in our local, national, and international communties. The Center focuses on applied human rights research and the development of human rights education resources, providing field and training opportunities for emerging leaders, expansion of our human rights on-line libaries currently available in six languages (Arabic, English, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) and our Human Rights and Peace Store.

Europe

Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education
University of Leeds, UK
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/cchre
Professor Audrey Osler, Director

 The Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE) was established in 2004. It serves as a focus for research, consultancy and postgraduate studies relating to citizenship and human rights education. The Centre is particularly interested in issues of ethnic diversity and race equality, in children's rights and in policy-orientated research. CCHRE is involved in a range of activities at local, regional, national and international levels. The Centre's work is inter-disciplinary and actively promotes the involvement of institutions, agencies and professionals. CCHRE provides a focus for those researching or engaging in citizenship and human rights and education and who wish to address issues of democracy, justice, equality and diversity. It aims to disseminate research and good practice in citizenship and human rights education.

International Networks and Databases

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
http://www.hrea.org
Felisa Tibbitts, Director

Human Rights Education Associates is a-political, non-profit organization whose main mission is to support efforts aimed at introducing human rights concepts and values into educational curricula and teaching practices. HREA maintains the Global Human Rights Education listserv, which has over 2500 subscribers in 140 countries. In addition, with the support of UNESCO and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, HREA is launching regional listservs, starting in 2001 with a service in Spanish and Portuguese in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights. HREA also offer short, specialized distance learning courses for human rights activists, educators, and NGO staff and conducts research efforts on human rights education.

 

 



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