Thursday, February 21, 2008

Global network for promotion of human rights education launched

Ms. Felisa Tibbitts, Director, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), Cambridge, MA., USA, has announced the formation of a global information and advocacy network that promotes learning and training in the field of human rights.

The following is the text of a communication she has sent to human rights organizations and activists:

Dear Colleagues,
HREA is pleased to announce the launch of a new network. The Global Human Rights Education Network is an information and advocacy network that promotes learning and training in the field of human rights. Membership is open to all organizations that support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are involved in education and training activities promoting the human rights framework. The online application form for the Global HRE Network can be found at .

The Network was inspired by the vibrancy of the informal network of educators and trainers who participate in the Global Human Rights Education listserv as well as regional listservs of partners in Asia, Africa, Arab-speaking countries, Latin America and Russian-speaking countries. With the launch of the Global HRE Network, we intend to formalize this informal network, that is constituted by over 10,000 individuals and organizations engaged in human rights education worldwide, and thus strengthen the HRE movement.

The objectives of the Global HRE Network are:
- To promote information sharing among membership
- To support the sharing of good practice in carrying out education and training activities
- To advocate for human rights education and training in all sectors, as called for in the United Nations World Program for Human Rights Education.

In promoting these objectives, the Global HRE Network will ask members to commit to sharing resources and experiences, both on the Global HRE listserv as well as other fora. A public Directory of organizations that have joined the network will be made available on the Web. Members will receive annually an updated, electronic version of this Directory of the Global Human Rights Education Network.We encourage organizations to show their unity within the HRE movement by joining the Global HRE Network. Online submission forms can be found at http://www.hrea.%20org/hre-network

Also, we encourage your input on how we might use this Global HRE Network in order to promote our local and global efforts.
In solidarity,
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Felisa Tibbitts,
Director Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
- US office PO Box 382396, Cambridge, MA 02238 USA
Visiting address: 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA 01742
(tel) +1 978 341 0200 (fax) +1 978 341 0201
(e-mail) mailto:ftibbitts@hrea.

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