Human Rights Education and Training – Feb/March 2009

Posted onJune 15, 2009

Diploma in Human Rights

Diploma in Human Rights is a 6 months progarmme that explores the concept of human rights, discusses the ‘rights’ dimension of global and local events and trends, and builds a community of individuals to participate in making a change.

The programme is conducted in English, Sinhala and Tamil., by a panel of lecturers who are experts in those fields.

The new batches for all mediums commenced in the month of February with 69 participants. The participants are from private sector, forces, NGOs and other professionals.

The programme started with an introduction to the institute and programme. Ice breaking activity
was then carried out and followed by a session on Introduction to Human Rights. It was a very interactive session which gave participants a clear understanding of human rights.

Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa, Mr. Harsha Fernando and Mr. Wijekumar conducted the first session on Introduction to Human Rights in the Sinhala, English and Tamil mediums respectively.
Lectures were conducted during the months of February & March in the topics – Historical Evolution of Human Rights, Civil and Political Rights, Economic Social and Cultural Rights and International Human Rights Framework, Domestic Human Rights Framework Governance and Participation, Rule of Law, Constitutionalism and International Humanitarian Law

Human Rights Training to the Sri Lanka Army

On 24th and 25th February, IHR assisted a Basic Instructor Training Programme for Offices and Senior Non Commissioned Officers at the Institute of Peace Support Operations Training Sri Lanka by providing sessions on Gender Law pertaining to Women/Women in Armed Conflict, Laws pertaining to Child and Children in Armed Conflict and Introduction to Conflict resolution and Conflict Resolution Mechanisms.

The resource persons were Ms. Ireshika Gunawardene and Mr. S. Thurairaja. The number of participants were 35.

On 19th and 20th March, IHR assisted the Potential Observers Staff Officers Course which consisted with 7 Commissioned Officers. The sessions assisted by IHR were, Introduction to Human Rights, Women’s Rights and Child Rights. The resource persons were Mr. Rukshana Nanayakkara, Ms.Marini de Livera and Mr. S. Thurairaja.

Resource Centre

A Resource Centre comprising all reference books and materials relevant to human rights and the projects of IHR is in function.