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Friday, January 25, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)
OSCE/ODIHR Human Rights Officer
This event will provide an opportunity to present and discuss the new tool for promoting effective human rights education in law enforcement agencies. The publication offer guidance on developing curricula, enhancing the teaching and learning experience, preparing teachers and trainers, and evaluating the work done. The Guidelines are the result of extensive consultations with human rights educators and trainers, representatives of governmental agencies and inter-governmental organizations, human rights activists and other practitioners.
The role of law enforcement officials in protecting and respecting human rights is crucial. The Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Law Enforcement Officials present a framework for how to make human rights an integral part of any training or educational programme for law enforcement officials. Such training strengthens the officers’ capacity to respect and protect human rights and brings them closer to the communities they serve.
The speaker/moderator of this event is Mr Pavel Chacuk, Human Rights Advisor of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
12.00 – 12.30 Presentation of the Guidelines for Law Enforcement Agencies
12.30 – 1.00 Questions and discussion
More about the speaker:
Mr. Pavel Chacuk has been a Human Rights Adviser in ODIHR since 2004. He has been responsible for Human Rights Education and Capacity Building Programme in the Human Rights Department. He holds Master’s degree in International Relations (Central European University, Budapest) and a degree in Law (Grodna State University, Belarus). He was working for human rights NGOs in Belarus (Ratusha, VIT), and taught human rights at the university in Grodna. Pavel has also been a trainer in human rights and law-related education since 1998. During his term in ODIHR he has been directly engaged in the development of all the HRE resources. Apart from that work, Pavel has been involved in the monitoring of human rights situation in a number of OSCE participating States, for example in Uzbekistan following the 2005 Andijan events and in Georgia following the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia in 2008.
More about OSCE and ODIHR:
The OSCE, with fifty-six participating States, is the world’s largest inter-governmental regional security organisation. As the specialized institution of the OSCE dealing with human rights, democratization and elections, ODIHR has been actively working to promote quality Human Rights Education (HRE), both through the national level, as well as by developing policy tools for the whole OSCE area.
In 2012 ODIHR developed the Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Law Enforcement Officials http://www.osce.org/odihr/93968?download=true and the Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Secondary School Systems http://www.osce.org/odihr/93969?download=true The documents present a comprehensive set of guiding principles which should be the basis for mainstreaming human rights in all spheres of the education sector, both related to schools and to the system of training the law enforcement. ODIHR Is currently finalizing the Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Health Workers and Professionals and Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Human Rights Activists.