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Stephen-Bures-shutterstock.comHa Noi 26 November 2014 - How to increase human rights knowledge and integrate human rights into academic curriculums topped the agenda of a roundtable meeting at the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam today.

Representatives of academic institutions discussed recommendations of an assessment of human rights training curricula of the academy (DAV) and other Vietnamese universities. Participants also gained insights into international experiences of mainstreaming human rights into different academic curriculums to meet specific country needs.

According the assessment, supported by UNDP and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Viet Nam human rights curricula was only included as a course unit attached to international law programmes. One of the key assessment conclusions was the need to build regular human rights courses for teaching to raise human rights awareness and target government policies.

DSC07681resize“Human rights education and training is a key component of the protection and the promotion of human rights,” said Mr Dennis Curry, Head of UNDP Governance and Participation Team. “I believe human rights education and training enhances knowledge, clarifies values, promotes solidarity, changes attitudes and develops skills contributing to the respect for and enforcement of human rights”.

In the first and second Universal Periodic Review (URP) cycles, the Government of Viet Nam accepted 19 recommendations reiterating its engagement and wish to strengthen human rights education and training. UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported the assessment and today’s roundtable meeting to contribute to the implementation of the accepted UPR recommendations.

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Assessment of the existing human rights training curricula of DAV and other Vietnamese universities




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