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HREA and UPEACE offer new certificate course on indigenous peoples' rights

Indigenous Peoples' Rights Cambridge/San Josť, 4 November 2011 -- HREA and the University for Peace Human Rights Centre will be offering a new e-learning course on indigenous peoples. Indigenous Peoples' Rights will be offered for the first time from 7 March-17 April 2012.

This short certificate course, jointly offered by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN Mandated University for Peace, introduces participants to the increasingly significant field of indigenous peoples' rights and looks at the contemporary issues that have paradoxically led to a recognition of those rights on the one hand, while simultaneously challenging their implementation on the other. The course will address the broad spectrum of issues involved in the field of indigenous peoples' rights, beginning with who qualifies to be "indigenous peoples", the scope of their right to self-determination, the international and regional legal frameworks for the protection of their rights and the challenges associated therewith, and the debates surrounding the concept of indigenous governance.

The course is intended for (under)graduate students, staff members of social justice and development organisations, including development NGOs and UN specialised agencies advocating for indigenous peoples' rights.

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About HREA's Distance Learning Programme

Since 2002, over 5,000 human rights defenders, development workers, staff members of international organisations and graduate students have successfully participated in Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)'s e-learning courses.

Further information about HREA's Distance Learning Programme can be found at:



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