WINTER 2015NEWSLETTER

United for Human Rights
BRINGING REFORM TO COLOMBIAN ARMY AND RESTORING “FAITH IN THE CAUSE”

New Reality
The Colombian Army mindset shifted as soldiers read The Story of Human Rights from United for Human Rights.

For more than 50 years, Colombia has been torn by internal armed conflict, with the National Army and paramilitary groups waging a counterinsurgency war against left-wing guerrillas. During the bloody conflict, serious human rights violations have been perpetrated.

The scandal of the “false positives” (a test falsely detecting a condition that is not present) came to public view in 2008. It involved a series of murders in which members of the military dressed poor or mentally impaired civilians as insurgents, killed them and then presented them as insurgent casualties, earning promotions and other rewards with the inflated body count.

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WORLD PROGRAM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
Phase Two » Security Forces

United for Human Rights provided training on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to more than 10,000 police cadets in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, coinciding with Phase 2 of the UN World Program for Human Rights Education.

On December 10, 2004, at the close of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education, the UN General Assembly announced the three-phase World Program for Human Rights Education to advance implementation of human rights education programs in all sectors of society.

Phase One (2005–09) emphasized implementation of human rights education in primary and secondary school systems.

Phase Two (2010–14) called for integrating human rights education into the higher education system and in the training of teachers and educators, civil servants, law enforcement officials and the military.

Phase Three (2015–19) will focus on journalists and other media professionals, with emphasis on education and training in equality and nondiscrimination. The program’s aim is combating stereotypes and violence; fostering respect for diversity; and promoting tolerance, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and social inclusion.

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Human Rights in Action
WHEN COMPASSION LEADS TO ADVOCACY

At the other end of the spectrum from egregious human rights violations by security forces in Colombia, the Bringing Human Rights to Life curriculum of United for Human Rights is taught by classroom teachers worldwide.

“[MY STUDENTS] ARE MORE NOBLE AND INTERESTED IN WHAT HAPPENS AROUND THEM AND THEY DO NOT TOLERATE INJUSTICES AGAINST OTHERS.”

—Patricia B., Technological Institute Professor, Mexico
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HUMAN RIGHTS GLOBAL EDUCATION

United for Human Rights, and its youth component Youth for Human Rights International, have forged partnerships with national organizations to develop and implement education and training programs on human rights in countries around the world. They include:


Ethiopia Ethiopian Human Rights Commission

Cameroon National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms

Mongolia National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia


DATES
Human Rights Advocacy in 2015

February 20: World Day of Social Justice

March 1: Zero Discrimination Day

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

April 6: International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

June 20: World Refugee Day

July 30: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

September 21: International Day of Peace

November 16: International Day of Tolerance

December 10: United Nations Human Rights Day



MILESTONES IN HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION

  • 1995–2004: United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education.

  • 2005-09: Phase 1 of UN World Program for Human Rights Education focuses on human rights education in primary and secondary school systems.

  • 2010-14: Phase 2 emphasizes human rights education for higher education and training programs for teachers and educators, civil servants, law enforcement and military.

  • February 2012: UN General Assembly adopts United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training with the aim of “developing a universal culture of human rights, in which everyone is aware of their own rights and responsibilities in respect of the rights of others.”
  • Early 2015: UN Member States report to High Commissioner for Human Rights on their implementation of Phase 2.

  • 2015: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights provides global report to United Nations Human Rights Council.

  • 2015-19: Phase 3 of World Program focuses on media professionals and journalists, with emphasis on education and training in equality and non-discrimination.

HELP MAKE HUMAN RIGHTS A REALITY

Join the international human rights movement by becoming a member of United for Human Rights. UHR assists individuals, educators, organizations and governmental bodies in all parts of the world to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.