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CfA: Columbia U, NY Human Rights Training Program

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  • Florian Bieber
    Dear friends and colleagues: I am delighted to announce that the application for the 2003 session of the annual Human Rights Advocates Training Program at
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 23, 2002
      Dear friends and colleagues:

      I am delighted to announce that the application for the 2003 session of
      the annual Human Rights Advocates Training Program at Columbia University
      is now available. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the
      Program and to encourage you to disseminate this information to human
      rights activists based in developing countries. Please feel free to make
      multiple copies for further distribution.

      Each year, the Center for the Study of Human Rights hosts a four-month
      intensive training program for human rights activists. The Human Rights
      Advocates Training Program seeks to equip emerging human rights leaders
      with the tools and information necessary to resolve human rights issues in
      their own communities, and with the resources needed to link their issues
      to a broader struggle. To accomplish this, the Advocates Program utilizes
      a combination of theory and practice, complementing academic training in
      the principles and theories of human rights with practical workshops on
      issues such as human rights advocacy, reporting, and fundraising.
      Advocates also participate in visits to international human rights
      institutions and local community based organizations in New York City and
      Washington, DC.

      Based on the premise that human rights are inter-related and universal,
      the Advocates Program brings together activists from around the world
      working on a wide range of human rights issues. In addition to supporting
      emerging leaders from countries with significant abuses of civil and
      political rights, the Program supports areas of struggles such as
      indigenous rights, Roma rights, and gay and lesbian rights, exposing
      Program participants to a broad vision of human rights. The Program
      reinforces the indivisible and inter-connected nature of all human rights
      by bringing together activists working on civil and political rights as
      well as economic, social and cultural rights.

      The Program is designed for lawyers, journalists, teachers, community
      organizers, and other human rights activists working for non-governmental
      human rights organizations. Participants are selected on the basis of
      their previous work experience and commitment to the human rights field,
      as well as the appropriateness of a rigorous semester-long training at
      Columbia. Preference is given to candidates from areas where human rights
      work is most difficult, and where the existing human rights networks are
      least developed. In addition, priority is given to applicants who have had
      limited opportunities to study or travel abroad.

      Advocates must currently be working for a human rights organization, and
      must commit to returning to that organization upon completion of the
      Program. Fluency in English is required. Up to fourteen applicants are
      accepted to the program, which takes place from January to May each year.

      The completed application is due by 5:00 PM on August 1, 2002. Please
      note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

      For further information or to download additional copies of the
      application, please refer to our website at

      Warm Regards,

      Holly Bartling
      Director of Training
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