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Global Strategic Planning Meeting for Human Rights Education and Training Among Regional Centers
August 2001 - Durban, South Africa    |    other working sessions
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Recommendations on Human Rights Education
Draft Declaration and Programme of Action
UN World Conference Against Racism


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Article 58. Urges States to adopt and implement, at both the national and international levels, effective measures and policies, in addition to existing anti‑discrimination national legislation and relevant international instruments and mechanisms, which encourage all citizens and institutions to take a stand against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and to recognize, respect and maximize the benefits of diversity within and among all nations in working together to build a harmonious and productive future by putting into practice and promoting values and principles such as justice, equality and non‑discrimination, democracy, fairness and friendship, tolerance and respect within and between communities and nations, in particular through public information and education programmes to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity, including programmes where the public authorities work in partnership with international and non‑governmental organizations and other sectors of civil society;

118. Urges States, where appropriate working with other relevant bodies, to commit financial resources to anti‑racism education and to media campaigns promoting the values of acceptance, tolerance, diversity and respect for the cultures of all indigenous peoples living within their national borders.  In particular, States should promote an accurate understanding of the histories and cultures of indigenous peoples;

 

Human rights education

126. Requests States to include the struggle against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance among the activities undertaken within the framework of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education and to take into account the recommendations of the mid‑term evaluation report of the Decade;

127. Encourages all States, in cooperation with the United Nations, UNESCO and other relevant international organizations, to initiate and develop cultural and educational programmes aimed at countering racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, in order to ensure respect for the dignity and worth of all human beings and enhance mutual understanding amongst all cultures and civilizations.  It further urges States to support and implement public information campaigns and specific training programmes in the field of human rights, where appropriate formulated in local languages, to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and promote respect for the values of diversity, pluralism, tolerance, mutual respect, cultural sensitivity, integration and inclusiveness. Such programmes and campaigns should be addressed to all sectors of society, in particular children and young people;

128. Urges States to intensify their efforts in the field of education, including human rights education, in order to promote an understanding and awareness of the causes, consequences and evils of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and also urges States and encourages educational authorities and the private sector, as appropriate, to develop educational materials, in consultation with educational authorities and the private sector, as appropriate, including textbooks and dictionaries, aimed at combating those phenomena, and, in this context, calls upon States to give importance if appropriate, to textbook and curriculum review and amendment so as to eliminate any elements that might promote racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance or reinforce negative stereotypes, and to include material that refutes such stereotypes;

129. Urges the United Nations, other appropriate international and regional organizations and States to redress the marginalization of Africa’s contribution to world history and civilization by developing and implementing a specific and comprehensive programme of research, education and mass communication to disseminate widely a balanced and objective presentation of Africa’s seminal and valuable contribution to humanity;

130. Urges States, where appropriate working with other relevant bodies, to commit financial resources to anti‑racism education and to media campaigns promoting the values of acceptance, tolerance, diversity and respect for the cultures of all indigenous peoples living within their borders.  In particular, States should promote an accurate understanding of the histories and cultures of indigenous peoples;

131. Urges States, if appropriate in cooperation with relevant organization including youth organizations,  to support and implement public formal and non‑formal education,  programmes designed to promote respect for cultural diversity;

Human rights education for children and youth

132. Urges States to introduce and, as applicable, to reinforce anti‑discrimination and anti‑racism components in human rights programmes in school curricula, to develop and improve relevant educational material, including history and other textbooks and to ensure that all teachers are effectively trained and adequately motivated to shape attitudes and behavioural patterns, based on the principles of non‑discrimination, mutual respect and tolerance;

133. Calls upon States to undertake and facilitate activities aimed at educating young people in human rights and democratic citizenship and instilling values of solidarity, respect and appreciation of diversity, including respect for different groups.  A special effort to inform and sensitize young people to respect democratic values and human rights should be undertaken or developed to fight against ideologies based on the fallacious theory of racial superiority;

134. Urges States to encourage all schools to consider developing educational activities, including extra‑curricular ones to raise awareness against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, inter alia, by commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March);

135. Recommends to States to introduce, or reinforce, human rights education, with a view to combating prejudices which lead to racial discrimination and to promoting understanding , tolerance and friendship between different racial or ethnic groups in schools and in institutions of higher education curricula and to support public formal and non-formal education programmes designed to promote respect for cultural diversity and self-esteem of victims;

Human rights education for public officials and professionals

136. Urges States to develop and strengthen anti‑racist and gender‑sensitive human rights training for public officials including personnel in the administration of justice, particularly in law enforcement, correctional and security services as well as among health‑care, schools and migration authorities;

137. Urges States to pay specific attention to the negative impact of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on the administration of justice and fair trial and to conduct nationwide campaigns, amongst other measures, to raise awareness among State organs and public officials concerning their obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and other relevant instruments;

138. Requests States, wherever appropriate through cooperation with international organizations, national institutions, non‑governmental organizations and the private sector, to organize and facilitate training activities, including courses or seminars about international norms prohibiting racial discrimination and their applicability in domestic law, as well as on their international human rights obligations, for prosecutors, members of the judiciary and other public officials;

139. Calls upon States to ensure that education and training, especially teacher training, promote respect for human rights and the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and that educational institutions implement policies and programmes agreed by the relevant authorities on equal opportunities, anti‑racism, gender equality, cultural, religious and other diversity, with the participation of teachers, parents and students, and follow‑up their implementation.  It further urges all educators, including teachers at all levels of education, religious communities and the print and electronic media to play an effective role in human rights education including as a means to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance;


140. Encourages States to consider taking measures to increase the recruitment, retention and promotion of women and men who are victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, in the teaching profession and guarantee them effective equality of access to it. Particular efforts should be made to recruit women and men who have the ability to interact effectively with all groups;

141. Urges States to strengthen the human rights training and awareness‑raising activities designed for immigration officials, border police and staff of detention centres and prisons, local authorities and other civil servants in charge of enforcing laws, as well as teachers, with particular attention to the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, in order to prevent acts of racial discrimination and xenophobia avoid situations where prejudices lead to decisions based on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia or related intolerance;

142. Urges States to provide or strengthen training for law enforcement, immigration and other relevant officials in the prevention of trafficking in persons. The training should focus on methods used in preventing such trafficking, prosecuting the traffickers and protecting the rights of victims, including protecting the victims from the traffickers.  The training should also take into account the need to consider human rights and child- and gender- sensitive issues and it should encourage cooperation with non-governmental organizations, other relevant organizations and other elements of civil society;



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