PDHRE, has added a new description to its name : Peoples Movement for Human
Rights Education Human Rights Education (PDHRE), announces its five newly established
PDHRE regional offices. In South Asia, South East Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.
These regional offices have been established as part of the restructuring of the
organization that started in September 1999. As in the past these funds will enable PDHRE
- Strengthen and further consolidate in three regions our ongoing projects at the
community level, on the learning about Economic Social and Cultural Rights ESCR and the
Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW.
- Continue to facilitate the five human rights cities (Graz, Kati, Nagpur, Rosario and
- Develop the Asian/African/ Latin American Learning Institution for Human Rights
Education, ALIHRE. (This is an innovative institutional framework for human rights
education that will draw upon our rich experience and extensive networking.) The
Institution aims to develop a new vocation, i.e. human rights educators. Community leaders
from major African/Asian NGOs and community groups will be trained at the ALIHRE in
the holistic methodologies for human rights education for social and economic
transformation. Returning to their countries the "educators will develop
national programs of mass learning about human rights throughout grassroots communities
- Strengthening our outreach potential through the five PDHRE regional offices in Bamako,
Graz, Manila, Mombai, and Rosario. (The regional PDHRE office in Graz is in partnership
with The European Training Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, ETC) \
- Continue our investigation to develop a membership organization that will enhance our
PDHRE will continue its focus on three ongoing projects and two long-range initiatives.
Ongoing projects include, as in the past three years:
- the further expansion of our community-based workshops with non human rights
organizations on economic, social, and cultural rights;
- the facilitation of the five human rights cities, and the development of new ones aiming
to have a total of 10 such cities with in the next two years, and
- the ongoing development of our publication program, in print and via our award winning
The two long-range initiative are:
1. Learning institutions for human rights education, LIHRE. The project involves young
leaders and activists from each of the regions who will participate in learning and
developing methodologies and strategies for national plans of HRE. Extensive training will
be held for 6 to 10 weeks for participants to be chosen from 10 countries, at a time. They
will be learning to develop a political culture based on human rights. These include:
- the development of the Pan African LIHRE in Mali
- The Development of the Asian LIHRE in India.
- We will investigate the development of an LIHRE in the Americas
2. PDHRE developing with various associates, such as HREA and The Center in Atlanta, an
international membership organization that would provide support for the Learning
These five PDHRE offices are replacing the London office..
The grassroots ESCR seminars, the CEDAW training programs, the Human Rights Cities and
mostly the ALHREs present the full range of our initiatives and programs which are being
developed into a globally- integrated system of human rights education and promotion.
PDHRE has now institutionalized its activities and is consolidating its rich experience,
networking, outreach, and vision.
The PDHRE network consists of a New York international secretariat, the five newly
founded regional offices, a Governing Board, an advisory board, national affiliates, and
an ever-growing network of educators, international consultants, human rights advocates,
journalists, and, most importantly, community workers. PDHRE stresses outreach to social
groups and activists who, while not consciously working within a human rights framework,
are involved with issues such as social and economic justice, womens issues,
housing, health care, labor, trade and investment, and the environment. PDHREs
regional offices work to advance the development of human rights cities and the ALIHREs.
The national affiliates who will in the future be connected with the regional
offices, are those who have adapted PDHREs holistic approach to the learning about
human rights, sharing methodologies, strategies and materials of their work on social and
economic issues. This international network is constantly enlarged with groups that have
been born and nurtured of PDHREs training activities and institutional and financial
support for which PDHRE is directly and indirectly assisting in training of trainers and
the fundraising .
PDHRE constantly assists and supports, who ever approaches it, groups or individuals,
who work at the community level, to develop a multiplier-ripple effect for the learning
about human rights that leads to the claiming of human rights for all. Be it through
invitation or seeking out new partners with the potential to move human rights education
forward, PDHRE sees its efforts as an imperative for sustainable social and economic
change. Our focus on coalition building such as the development of four PDHRE
regional offices, consolidates and reflects our conviction that when people learn about
human rights and own them as a birthright, they are capable of systemic analysis and take
actions to eliminate the causes of human rights violations
Benefits, assistance and program activities provided around the world by PDHRE and
detailed description of the activities.
During the last three years PDHRE continued to carry out major Educational
Programs in the following areas:
A. Human rights education on women human rights.
B. Human rights education at the grass roots level for non human rights organization.
C. Researching, publishing and disseminating educational materials
D. Training youth groups
E. Conducting human rights training programs at UN and conferences
F. Developing human rights Communities
G. Developing African and Asian Learning Institutions for Human Rights Education,
Summary of activities 1999-2000
PDHRE has made substantial progress during the 1999-2000 in grounding its
projects regionally and institutionalizing its international programs and outreach.
In 1999-2000, the following activities took place toward achieving the goals of the
In 1999, an informal evaluation by Board Members took place:
-on one hand to assess the achievement of 10 years of activities and
-on the other hand to see how to further institutionalize the vision and experience.
It is important to note that the original vision that had established the organization,
i.e. promoting throughout all societies holistic learning about human rights as a value
system protected by International law and as an ideology which fully encompasses
peoples aspiration for economic and social justice, still remains as our
principle of action!
Major categories of accomplishment were noted up to the year 2000:
- Creating International public policy for the learning about human rights as an
imperative for human development. (Evident in the many Summits Declarations and
plans of action.) (In this context, Decade of Human Rights (PDHRE) had re-defined human
rights education and contributed greatly to the development of an HRE world movement, yet
to be moved to understand human rights holistically and as a powerful tool for action.)
- Vigorously introducing holistic human rights learning to the international womens
movement and developing a global methodology for understanding CEDAW.
- Working at the grassroots level to bring up to par the understanding of ESCR with and
for non human rights community groups for developing systemic analysis and economic and
- Facilitating the historic development of the first three human rights cities
Moving power to human rights", i.e. members of the community examining and
enforcing human rights laws, policies, resources and relationships as a result of learning
human rights as related to their daily lives., concerns and aspirations.
It was also noted that this major accomplishment which must be continued with vigor,
was achieved with minimum staff and minimum funding, i.e. in general, funding for project
do not include but a small fraction for institutional support and the outcome is enormous
in relations to the input of funds.
PDHRE has over the past two years been able to strengthening its working relationship
with its active partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America; and to discover the ways and
means to institutionalize its regional and international work. Furthermore, it enabled the
New York office to further develop the "human rights education and human
security" initiative, thus establishing the partnership with the European Training
Centre, ETC, an NGO in Graz, Austria.
PDHRE Activities 1999-2000
PDHRE was able to organize numerous activities and some new initiatives in
pursuance of its institutional goals. The activities can be grouped under the following
- Preparing text, design and layout of PDHRE brochure, its publication and dissemination.
- Editing the Text and Designing two Resource Packets 1.Connecting 20 social justice
issues to the human rights framework, and 2.Trade and investment and the human rights
commitments and obligations, prepared for general use in PDHRE workshops and the WTO
conference in Seattle (2500 of these two resource packets were sent around the world
within 10 months).
- Preparing Discussion Paper for WTO Seattle conference (November/December 1999)
- Preparing Discussion Paper for UN Conference on Trade and Developments Millennium
meeting (Bangkok, February 2000)
- Preparation for the Millennium Forum a discussion paper on Human Security and Human
- Preparation of materials for a three day international conference of human rights
educators to develop a statement of human rights education and human security.
- Preparation of materials for the PrepCom of LDCs, connecting the issues of poverty
and development to the human rights framework.
- Preparing for publication the world report on Human Rights Education for Social
Transformation " Making the Connection"
- Preparing for publication "Passport to Dignity"
- Re editing in three languages English, French and Spanish- The Manual "
Their Stories Our Realities" a companion to the Video training Series on CEDAW.
"Women Hold Up the Sky" (500 sets of Video and Manual were disseminated around
- Preparing Resource Packet for special interest groups at their request.
(b) COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH
- Attended, participated and held workshop at special meetings of the UN, such as: CEDAW,
Social development, Sustainable Development, Millennium Forum, CSW, Beijing plus five, and
- Continued its communication strategy by using several list serves to promote its
workshops and seminars especially on ESCR and CEDAW
- Participated regularly in the Human Rights Education list serve, to promote discussion
on holistic learning about human rights and direct contact to share experiences and share
- Provided ongoing resource and referral service on human rights education and related
issues to interested citizens, other NGOs and media persons
- Liaised with media and issued regular press releases on PDHRE, and partner organization
INCHRITIs (International NGO Network on Trade and Investment), assessment of WTO
ministerial conference (Seattle, November/December 1999)
- Organized launch of book on human rights and globalization in cooperation with ICDA,
INCHRITI and Global Publications Foundation during WTO Seattle Conference (November 1999)
- Devised communication strategy to inform NGO and CBO peers, policy makers, media and
others about creation and activities of PDHRE London office using variety of e mail
listserves, NGO networks and existing contacts.
- Attended variety of NGO campaigning meetings and fora with academics and policymakers to
publicize PDHREs work and network with peers
(c) POLICY ADVOCACY
1. Advocated on need for human rights education and a human rights framework:
-in international trade and investment policy at WTO Seattle conference (Seattle,
-in international trade and development policy at UN Conference on Trade and
Development (Bangkok, February 2000)
-for domestic and international social policies at PrepCom for 5th Review of
the UN Social Summit (New York, April 2000)
- 2. Advocated the inclusion of Human Rights Education in the NGO document prepared at the
Millennium Forum for the Millennium Summit
3. Advocated the inclusion of Human Rights Education as an imperative for Social
development at the Copenhagen Plus Five, prepCom.
4. Members of the Board of PDHRE advocated the inclusion of "Human Rights
Education as a strategy for Human Security" in the documents of the H-8
intergovernmental Human Security Initiative.
5. Participated in the HCHR meeting in Japan, of the Asian Intergovernmental meeting on
human rights Education.
Human Rights Education workshops with a focus on ESCR, held by PDHRE staff members.
One day public Teach-In on Human Rights and the World Trade Organization
during the Ministerial Conference of the WTO (Seattle, November/ December 1999)
- Panel debate on Human Rights and World Trade with senior trade officials
(including one minister), leading academics, UN officials and NGOs during the Ministerial
Conference of the WTO (Seattle, November/ December 1999)
- Workshop in Mombai with grassroots women organization at the Yuva Offices (December).
- Workshop with Street Children at a Children Shelter. ( Mombai , December)
- Workshop with Dalit Leaders in (Chennai, December)
- Workshop in Dalit villages ( December)
- Workshop with European and Indian NGOs working in Dalit villages (Aurovile, December)
- Workshop on human rights and globalization at NGO Forum during the UN Conference on
Trade and Developments Millennium Conference (Bangkok, February )
- Workshops with Sudanese, Malian and Senegalese men and women ( Theis Senegal, February)
- Workshops with Government and NGOs and educators (February, Bamako and Kati Mali)
- Workshop at Barnard college ( New York March)
- Workshop with Human Rights Advocates, Columbia University ( New York, March))
- Workshop with Educators at Teachers College ( New York, March)
- Panel debate on human rights and the global economy during the PrepCom for 5th
Review of the UN Social Summit (New York, April)
- Workshops on human rights and the WTO and human rights education on ESCR at
international conference on enforcement of human rights. (Cleveland, April)
- Workshops with activists from Nigeria, Congo and Rwanda (New York, May.)
- Workshop at the Copenhagen plus five meeting (Geneva, June.)
- Workshops on CEDAW- with special focus on ESCR ( See below) ( New York, June)
- Workshop, UNDP staff members ( July, New York)
- Organized a 3-day forum for youth on human rights jointly with Atlantic College in South
Wales, UK. Sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning and the British Institute of Human
Rights. (Atlantic College, October 2000)
PDHRE special events, field work and development meetings
1. Five day meetings at the Nagpur, human rights City . The meetings workshops and
consultations included YUVAs staff members, Lawyers, educators, municipal workers,
academicians, environmentalists, youth groups, medical students, women, children, labor,
development and religious groups, Municipal workers and more., to develop the plan of
action and declare Nagpur a " Human Rights Sensitive City" (Participated from
PDHRE: Malini Mehra, Miloon Kotahri and Shula Koenig, Nagpur, December, 1999.)
2. Seminars and dialogues at the Human Right City, in Thies, Senegal. Meeting with the
Governor, local facilitators, neighborhood centers, human rights villages and women
groups. (Koenig and Modrowski, Senegal, February )
3. Development meeting in Mali with Adama Samassekou and the training institute in Kati
. preparation for PDHRE, Mali. ( Koenig, Modrowski, February.)
4. One day meeting with representatives from Senegal, India-Dalit, Congo, and Nigeria
with several PDHRE members and advisors discussing the African and Asian Learning
Institution for Human Rights Education ALIHRE (New York, April.)
5. Six week field work in Mali including initial investigation on developing a human
Rights City in Kati, Developing the Board for PDHRE- Mali including several workshops on
pedagogy and methodology (Kathleen Modrowski,- April May )
6. Training of Trainers on CEDAW: Two major workshops in English and Spanish.
7. The Conference on Human Security and Human Rights Education was initiated by PDHRE
and organised by the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy,
ETC, (Graz) and the Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Human Rights (Vienna) at the
Karl-Franzens-University of Graz with the financial assistance of the Austrian Federal
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the City of Graz and the Government of Styria. Several PDHRE
members and partners have participated. (Graz, June.)
8. PDHRE representative participated in a training for the Federal Funding Program
after being accepted as member for receiving funds for Federal workers.
9. Several days consultation and planning with Pamela Collet in preparation of
developing an HRE program with women groups in Somalia.
10. Special 2 day consultation with several academic members of the PDHRE Board on
proposal for Learning Institutions for Human Rights Education and closer cooperation with
academic institutes. ( London, June.)
11. Meetings with Bhutanese Refugees, living in Nepal and New York, facilitating with
them an advocacy program in the USA and HRE in the camps. Also with a Pakistani
Parliamentarian requesting to Open a PDHRE affiliate in Pakistan.
12. Discussions and consultation with Bedouin in the Negev, the Mayor of Maalot-
Tarshicha and WATC, a Palestinian womens organization, to develop programs for human
rights education and a human rights city in Israel and/or Palestine. A seven day workshop
for 25 young leaders from the Bedouin community will take place next February in the
Negev. (Israel/Palestine August /September.)
During 1999-2000, as part of the institutionalization process, four new members were
added to the Board of Directors:
-Adama Samassekou, Former Minsiter of education, Mali
-Justice Richard Goldstone, South Africa
-Virginia Dandan, Chairperson of the ESCR Committee, Philippines
-Fantu Cheru, Prof. Of Africa and Development Studies, American University,
YUVA, based in Mumbai and Nagpur, India, is dedicated to educating and empowering
street children and developing advocacy and policy on the issue of child labour. Over the
years it has worked with more then 40,00 children, training youth to develop self-help
educational programs, support groups, and hotlines on issues of heath and child labour. It
also conducts training for marginalized groups such as the Dalit people in slum areas,
focusing on systemic change towards poverty alleviation with a special focus on
womens issues in these communities.