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UNDERSTANDING HUMAN RIGHTS: Manual on Human Rights Education

UNDERSTANDING HUMAN RIGHTS: Manual on Human Rights Education

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In May 2003, the Manual on Human Rights
Education “Understanding Human Rights”
was first presented to the public in its original
English language version at the Ministerial
Meeting of the Human Security Network
in the Human Rights City of Graz, Austria.
The Manual is the result of an initiative by
my predecessor Benita Ferrero-Waldner as
Chairperson of the “Network” in 2002/2003.
It was elaborated by a dedicated team of renowned
Austrian and international experts
under the auspices of the European Training
and Research Centre for Human Rights and
Democracy (ETC) in Graz.
The Human Security Network is a group of
states from all regions of the world determined
to solve pressing problems of human
security by action-oriented means. On several
occasions, such as its Ministerial Meeting in
Santiago de Chile in 2002, the Network has
emphasised that “human rights provide a
foundation upon which human development
and human security can be pursued”. Therefore,
Human Rights Education has become
one of its priorities. In this spirit, the Manual
“Understanding Human Rights” addresses audiences
all over the world and is intended to
function as a genuine, practical “training tool”.
It consists of training modules which can be
varied and adapted by their users according to
different contexts and training situations.
The Graz Declaration on Principles of Human
Rights Education and Human Security, endorsed
by the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Human
Security Network on 10 May 2003 in Graz,
contains a commitment to translate the manual
into other languages in order to introduce it into
different regional and cultural settings.
Today, just three years after its launch, the
manual is available in English, French, Spanish,
Chinese, Arabic, Russian, German, Alba-
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
nian, Croatian, Serbian and Thai. This has
been achieved in collaboration and with the
generous support of several members of the
Human Security Network as well as intergovernmental
and non-governmental partners.
The Manual, which has been introduced in
several countries and regions by train-thetrainers
workshops facilitated by the ETC, has
received a very positive feedback from users all
over the world. But the rapid developments in
the field of human rights have necessitated an
update of the Manual. Therefore, with funding
from the Austrian Development Cooperation
and the Federal Ministry for Education, Science
and Culture of Austria, a second edition
has been elaborated by the European Training
and Research Centre for Human Rights and
Democracy (ETC) in collaboration with a large
team of Austrian and international experts.
The Manual intends to reach out to people
from all world regions, cultures and social
groups. The more diverse its users, the more
the Manual will achieve its goal to promote
human rights and human security. In 2006,
with the inception of the Human Rights Council,
the international human rights architecture
has undergone considerable changes. I
trust that this second edition of the Manual on
Human Rights Education will be able to serve
as a guide to the human rights challenges that
lie ahead.
In May 2003, the Manual on Human Rights
Education “Understanding Human Rights”
was first presented to the public in its original
English language version at the Ministerial
Meeting of the Human Security Network
in the Human Rights City of Graz, Austria.
The Manual is the result of an initiative by
my predecessor Benita Ferrero-Waldner as
Chairperson of the “Network” in 2002/2003.
It was elaborated by a dedicated team of renowned
Austrian and international experts
under the auspices of the European Training
and Research Centre for Human Rights and
Democracy (ETC) in Graz.
The Human Security Network is a group of
states from all regions of the world determined
to solve pressing problems of human
security by action-oriented means. On several
occasions, such as its Ministerial Meeting in
Santiago de Chile in 2002, the Network has
emphasised that “human rights provide a
foundation upon which human development
and human security can be pursued”. Therefore,
Human Rights Education has become
one of its priorities. In this spirit, the Manual
“Understanding Human Rights” addresses audiences
all over the world and is intended to
function as a genuine, practical “training tool”.
It consists of training modules which can be
varied and adapted by their users according to
different contexts and training situations.
The Graz Declaration on Principles of Human
Rights Education and Human Security, endorsed
by the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Human
Security Network on 10 May 2003 in Graz,
contains a commitment to translate the manual
into other languages in order to introduce it into
different regional and cultural settings.
Today, just three years after its launch, the
manual is available in English, French, Spanish,
Chinese, Arabic, Russian, German, Alba-
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
nian, Croatian, Serbian and Thai. This has
been achieved in collaboration and with the
generous support of several members of the
Human Security Network as well as intergovernmental
and non-governmental partners.
The Manual, which has been introduced in
several countries and regions by train-thetrainers
workshops facilitated by the ETC, has
received a very positive feedback from users all
over the world. But the rapid developments in
the field of human rights have necessitated an
update of the Manual. Therefore, with funding
from the Austrian Development Cooperation
and the Federal Ministry for Education, Science
and Culture of Austria, a second edition
has been elaborated by the European Training
and Research Centre for Human Rights and
Democracy (ETC) in collaboration with a large
team of Austrian and international experts.
The Manual intends to reach out to people
from all world regions, cultures and social
groups. The more diverse its users, the more
the Manual will achieve its goal to promote
human rights and human security. In 2006,
with the inception of the Human Rights Council,
the international human rights architecture
has undergone considerable changes. I
trust that this second edition of the Manual on
Human Rights Education will be able to serve
as a guide to the human rights challenges that
lie ahead.

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UNDERSTANDINGHUMAN RIGHTS 
EDITED BY
WOLFGANG BENEDEK
European Training and Research Centrefor Human Rights and Democracy (ETC)
MANUAL ON HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
 
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A contribution to the Human Security Networkon the initiative of the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Austria
Impressum
Published with funding of the Austrian DevelopmentCooperation and the Federal Ministry for Education,Science and Culture of Austria.
Editor of the 2nd edition
Wolfgang Benedek© 2006, European Training and Research Centrefor Human Rights and Democracy (ETC), Graz
Layout
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Print
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Publication in Belgium
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Publication in Germany
ISBN 3-8305-1192-2BWV Berliner Wissenschafts-VerlagAxel-Springer-Straße 54 bD-10117 BerlinPhone: +49 30 84 17 70-0Fax: +49 30 84 17 70-21
Publication in Austria
ISBN 3-7083-0371-7Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag GmbHArgentinierstraße 42/6, A-1040 WienPhone: +43 1 535 61 03-22Fax: +43 1 535 61 03-25e-mail: office@nwv.atGeidorfgürtel 20, A-8010 Graze-mail: office@nwv.atInternet: www.nwv.at© NWV Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag,Wien – Graz 2006
 
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In May 2003, the Manual on Human RightsEducation “Understanding Human Rights”was first presented to the public in its origi-nal English language version at the Ministe-rial Meeting of the Human Security Networkin the Human Rights City of Graz, Austria.The Manual is the result of an initiative bymy predecessor Benita Ferrero-Waldner asChairperson of the “Network” in 2002/2003.It was elaborated by a dedicated team of re-nowned Austrian and international expertsunder the auspices of the European Trainingand Research Centre for Human Rights andDemocracy (ETC) in Graz.The Human Security Network is a group of states from all regions of the world deter-mined to solve pressing problems of humansecurity by action-oriented means. On severaloccasions, such as its Ministerial Meeting inSantiago de Chile in 2002, the Network hasemphasised that “human rights provide afoundation upon which human developmentand human security can be pursued”. There-fore, Human Rights Education has becomeone of its priorities. In this spirit, the Manual“Understanding Human Rights” addresses au-diences all over the world and is intended tofunction as a genuine, practical “training tool”.It consists of training modules which can bevaried and adapted by their users according todifferent contexts and training situations.The Graz Declaration on Principles of HumanRights Education and Human Security, en-dorsed by the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Hu-man Security Network on 10 May 2003 in Graz,contains a commitment to translate the manualinto other languages in order to introduce it intodifferent regional and cultural settings.Today, just three years after its launch, themanual is available in English, French, Span-ish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, German, Alba-
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
nian, Croatian, Serbian and Thai. This hasbeen achieved in collaboration and with thegenerous support of several members of theHuman Security Network as well as intergov-ernmental and non-governmental partners.The Manual, which has been introduced inseveral countries and regions by train-the-trainers workshops facilitated by the ETC, hasreceived a very positive feedback from users allover the world. But the rapid developments inthe field of human rights have necessitated anupdate of the Manual. Therefore, with fundingfrom the Austrian Development Cooperationand the Federal Ministry for Education, Sci-ence and Culture of Austria, a second editionhas been elaborated by the European Trainingand Research Centre for Human Rights andDemocracy (ETC) in collaboration with a largeteam of Austrian and international experts.The Manual intends to reach out to peoplefrom all world regions, cultures and socialgroups. The more diverse its users, the morethe Manual will achieve its goal to promotehuman rights and human security. In 2006,with the inception of the Human Rights Coun-cil, the international human rights architec-ture has undergone considerable changes. Itrust that this second edition of the Manual onHuman Rights Education will be able to serveas a guide to the human rights challenges thatlie ahead.Dr. Ursula PlassnikFederal Minister for Foreign Affairsof the Republic of AustriaVienna, May 2006

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