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Roundtable discussion 'The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Advancing Human Rights Education'

Roundtable on HRE and National Human Rights InsitutionsCambridge, 28 May 2014 -- On Thursday, 12 June 2014, HREA will host a roundtable discussion on "The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Advancing Human Rights Education." This event is free and open to the public.

This event will bring together experts from a range of sectors including representatives of national human rights institutions (NHRIs), civil society, academia, and inter-governmental organisations to present their understanding and experiences related to the role and mandate that NHRIs have to promote human rights education. Some speakers and participants will join the meeting in person from HREA offices in Cambridge, MA, USA and others will join via web conferencing. Click here to download instructions about how to join the session via web conference.

"We are looking forward to the discussion, which we hope will be an important event to further the debate on the human rights education mandate of National Human Rights Institutions", says HREA's Executive Director Frank Elbers, who will moderate the discussion."The speakers and participants bring a range of rich experiences and perspectives from around the world".

The panel discussion will contribute to HREA's research on NHRIs and human rights education which will be published in the Research in Human Rights Education Paper Series later this year.

Agenda and Speakers

1. The human rights education mandate of NHRIs. Prof. dr. Claudia Lohrenscheit (Faculty of Social Work and Health, Coburg University of Applied Sciences, formerly German Institute for Human Rights)
2. Opportunities for NHRIs to advance human right education. Fiona Murphy (Irish Human Rights Commission)
3. Challenges and lessons learned. Prof. dr. André Keet (Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of the Free State, formerly South African Human Rights Commission)
4. Role of inter-governmental institutions and other stakeholders in working with NHRIs on human rights education. Elena Ippoliti (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)

The speakers will be followed by questions and discussion with all participants. The roundtable will be chaired by Frank Elbers (HREA).

WHEN: Thursday, 12 June from 10 am-11:30 am (14h00-15h30 GMT/UTC)
WHERE: HREA offices, 689 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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