INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES TO BE SCRUTINISED BY ACTIVISTS IN DURBAN

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES TO BE SCRUTINISED BY ACTIVISTS IN DURBAN

International Human Rights Activists, Education Experts and Practitioners from across the globe will convene at the 2nd International Conference on Human Rights Education (IHRE) to scrutinise international human rights education issues. The conference will be hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Faculty of Law from November 14 to 16 at the Royal Hotel, Durban.

“Celebrating Diversity and Achieving Social Justice through Human Rights Education,” is the theme of the 2nd IHRE Conference.  The 1st IHRE conference was hosted by the University of Western Sydney in 2010.

Officials and experts from governments and international/regional institutions with a focus on human rights, as well as judges, scholars, lawyers, students and human rights activists are amongst the delegates that will attend the conference.

The main aims of the Conference are to support and promote the United Nations (UN) objectives on Human Rights Education (HRE) which include: the promotion of the role of HRE in the advancement of good governance; to foster HRE across the African continent and to build networks amongst stakeholders; the exploration of the role of HRE in advancement of the rights of vulnerable groups; and the interrogation of the role of HRE in promoting cultural diversity and accommodating traditional value systems.

The plenary session on November 14 will be addressed by prominent human rights education experts and practitioners including Professor Frans Viljoen, Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria who will deliver a paper titled: “Human Rights Education from a Multi-disciplinary Perspective.” Viljoen has published extensively on human rights issues and he is the editor of the African Human Rights Law Reports and the African Human Rights Law Journal.

“Educating Everyone? Prejudice, Terror and the Reservoirs of Hate,” is the title of a keynote address by Professor Malcolm La
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