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