Friday, May 14, 2010

Minority Rights Group, State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, 2009 report

State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009

Minority Rights Group’s flagship annual report, produced this year in
conjunction with UNICEF, is on the theme of education. State of the
World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples is an invaluable reference for
policy makers, academics, journalists and everyone who is interested in
the conditions facing minorities and indigenous peoples around the

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

UN OHCHR Forum on Minority Issues

The Forum on Minority Issues was established

"[p]ursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 6/15 of 28 September 2007, a forum on minority issues has been established to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, as well as thematic contributions and expertise to the work of the independent expert on minority issues. The Forum shall identify and analyze best practices, challenges, opportunities and initiatives for the further implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities."

Links to it's reports are on the page linked above.

UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues

The reports of the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues, Ms. Gay J. McDougall, can be found at this url:

OHCHR: Fellowship programme for persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities*

Fellowship programme for persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities*

The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) was launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2005.

Through this Programme, the OHCHR aims to give persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities - particularly young minority women and men - an opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with international human rights in general and minority rights in particular. The Fellowship Programme is intended to assist organizations and communities in protecting and promoting the rights of minorities the fellows belong to.

The MFP is held annually and currently has two linguistic versions: The English programme and the Arabic programme. The English programme has been running since 2005 and lasts on average 3 months. The Arabic programme started in 2007 and has been gradually expanding from 2 to 4 weeks.

The Fellows are based at the OHCHR in Geneva, Switzerland. The programme is interactive and consists of briefings on several topics (e.g. the UN system, OHCHR's work, human rights mechanisms and instruments) as well as individual and group assignments.

At the end of the Programme, all Fellow should have a general knowledge of the United Nations system, international human rights instruments and mechanisms in general and those relevant to minorities in particular and be capable of further training their communities/organizations.
Fellows are entitled to the following: a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva; basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme; and a grant to cover modest accommodation in Geneva for the duration of the Programme and other living expenses.

HREA Distance Learning Programme

The Human Rights Education Associates offer distance learning courses:

Sunday, May 09, 2010

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law presents:

Human Rights Month


All panels will take place at:

American University, Washington College of Law, Rm. 603, 12:30 -2pm

Each year, the Academy sponsors a month of events dedicated to human rights theory. It is an opportunity to share experiences and network with fellow practitioners and internationally known scholars and activists. We hope that you can join us for some—or all—of these events. For more information, please visit us at:


  • June 3: International Law and Transitional Processes: Contemporary Challenges
  • June 7: Assessing the Impact of International Law and Institutions in the Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Challenges Ahead
  • June 9: The International Human Rights Status of Elderly Rights: Current Trends
  • June 11: International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law: the Scope of their Relationship in Theory and Practice

V Annual Meeting on Human Rights

  • June 14: A Regional Comparison of Human Rights Systems: Africa, America, Asia and Europe
  • June 15: Recent Developments in the Inter-American Human Rights System: a Debate on the New Procedural Rules of the Commission and Court and their Future Application

The first ‘user conference’ for UN information.

Information about it can be found at:

The first ‘user conference’ for UN information.

The vision for ‘UN-connecting the World’ is to hold a ‘user conference’ for providers and consumers of ‘UN information’ – much like the yearly user conferences of any notable IT company. User conferences provide a space where users and providers of information services can liaise, bringing critically needed user feedback into the information system to identify user needs and to develop creative ways to satisfy those needs. Per our definition, providers of UN information are any source within or outside the UN system disseminating the vast amount of newsworthy information pertaining to the wide array of UN thematic areas. Examples of providers range from any UN website or database - e.g. UNBIS, ReliefWeb, Universal Human Rights Index - to websites outside the UN system working to provide UN information to their stakeholders - e.g. Huridocs,, Users of UN information, likewise, come from both within and outside the UN system and can be defined as anyone who uses or could find UN information beneficial to their activities. Examples include members of domestic or international NGOs, desk officers at national ministries and missions, journalists, corporate responsibility divisions of private sector companies, or students and professors.

The idea for the conference derived from two years of research on the part of [Making Communications Matter]MCM, which identified currently existing hurdles to effective information communication and knowledge exchange between providers and users of UN information. Through interviews with users (and potential users) of UN information, MCM has developed creative ways to lower these hurdles. In addition to two new information sources – and –, which will be presented at the conference, MCM wanted to also provide a collaborative space where feedback could be more broadly and directly shared with information providers in the UN System and where providers could liaise with each other (in some cases for the first time) to identify potential partners or synergies.