Human Rights as our responsibility
Dates: 27 June - 6 July 2013
Type of courses: Lectures in the plenum and smaller seminars
Application deadline: The official deadline for applications (15 May) has passed. Further applications are accepted but admission depends on acceptance of admission offers by earlier applicants.
After a first session common to all participants dedicated to a general introductionon international systems of protection of human rights and related mechanisms, the programme will develop into the three mentioned thematic clusters (Human Rights based approach to development cooperation, Lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual rights and Religion and human rights), among which participants will have to choose.
Programme of the general introduction:
|Thursday 27 June, Aula Magna|
|10.00 - 13.00||Registration|
|14.00 - 18.00||Registration|
|Friday 28 June, Aula Magna|
|09.00 - 09.30||Prof. Florence BENOIT-ROHMER, EIUC Secretary General
Welcoming of 2013 Venice School of Human Rights
|09.30 - 12.30||Prof. Teresa PIZARRO BELEZA, Universidad Nova de Lisboa
Current Human Rights Challenges
|13.00 - 14.00||Lunch|
|14.30 - 16.30||Mr. Ryszard KOMENDA, OHCHR - Russian Federation
Shrinking space for human rights NGOs in the Russian Federation
|Saturday 29 June, Aula Magna|
|09.30 - 11.00||Ms Catarina DE ALBUQUERQUE, UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation|
|11.30 - 12.30||Roundtable with Catarina de Albuquerque, Teresa Pizarro Beleza and Ryszard Komenda|
|13.00 - 14.00||Lunch|
After an introduction on general challenges, three topics have been selected to be examined in depth:
- Freedom of Religion and Belief is a human right that has a longstanding universal recognition. The 1948 Universal Declaration guarantees its enjoyment. Today we witness more and more to a clash between two systems that oppose religious values to human rights in different areas: women's rights, gay marriages, ritual slaughtering, circumcision, protection of children...). What is the status of religious freedom? How can we protect religious minorities? How can we reconcile religious freedom with other rights?
- Another challenge we face nowadays, is the discrimination based on sexual orientation. Discrimination against LGBTI is extremely common. The aim during this school is to examine the rights recognised at universal and regional level and educate the participants about how to protect this particularly vulnerable category of persons.
- Finally, the last topic we wish to address during this year’s School, is how international organizations should integrate human rights into their policies. The European Union has for instance underlined the need in its action plan to integrate a rights based approach within its policies. This cluster will try to familiarize the participants with the core elements of Rights Based Approach raising awareness of common obstacles and challenges and giving a methodology to apply in all phases of the programming process.