Human Rights Education Asoects Discussed in Brest

On May 28–29, the Brest State University named after A.Pushkin hosted the republican workshop “Research and Methodological Aspects of Human Rights Education” organized by the Department for Political Studies and Sociology of the Brest State University together with the Belarusian Section of the International Society for Human Rights and the United Nations Department of Public Information in Belarus.

On May 28–29, the Brest State University named after A.Pushkin hosted the republican workshop “Research and Methodological Aspects of Human Rights Education” organized by the Department for Political Studies and Sociology of the Brest State University together with the Belarusian Section of the International Society for Human Rights and the United Nations Department of Public Information in Belarus.

The workshop was attended by Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, President of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), V. Radivinovski, DPI Officer–in–Charge, professors and teaching staff of the Departments for political studies, sociology, philosophy and general history of the Belarusian State University, the Mahileu State University, the Hrodna State Agrarian University, the Brest State University, the Institute of Philosophy of Belarus’ National Academy of Sciences and students of the history and law faculties of the Brest State University.

Given the completion of the Second Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education in universities in 2014, many speakers devoted their presentations to human rights education and teaching.

Given that the Belarusian universities do not have the compulsory human rights education curriculum, the workshop participants articulated the initiative to elaborate and to furnish to the Belarusian Ministry of Education the proposals to resume at the university level the National Action Plan on Human Rights Education Development in the Republic of Belarus which was approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus and was compulsory between 1999 — 2004.

Addressing the workshop participants, V.Radivinovski noted that “though the Second Phase of the World Programme is completed, by no means should promotion of human rights education be discontinued. Quite the contrary, it is needed to engage students, postgraduate students and civil society and to sustain these efforts and succession of generations”.

The Third Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education will be launched in 2015 with a particular focus on outreach work with mass media and journalists, the work which is very important for covering such issues as equality and non–discrimination, combating stigma and violence, respecting diversity, encouraging tolerance, facilitating a dialogue between cultures and confessions and  social integration and promoting universality, integrity and interconnectedness of all human rights among public at large.