Call for Proposals ICHRE

The 9th International Conferences on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) is calling for paper and workshop proposals. Proposals must relate to one or more of the conference themes and must help to achieve the conference goals and objectives.

The theme for this year is, “Unleashing the Full Potential of Civil Society.”  The conference will be held November 26-29, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Conference is expected to be attended by some 400 Australia and international HRE experts, practitioners, decision makers and thought leaders from government, civil society, academia and the private sector.

The 9th ICHRE will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the education-oriented Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. It will cover the range of human rights education (HRE) issues such as national and international curricula, pedagogy and best practices, including in the context of discrimination faced by the First Nations, women, persons with disabilities, the LGBTIQ communities and those of refugee and minority cultural and religious backgrounds.

 Deadline for Proposals: July 16

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>> Submit a proposal

A New Social Contract – Public Launch

When: Thursday, May 24th
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Where: Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, Room 202, New York, NY 10011
Cost: Free

Join the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative at their public launch of A New Social Contract: Transformative Solutions Built by and for Communities  on Thursday, May 24 from 6-7:30pm. This joint event is part of NESRI’s Michael Ratner Roundtable Series and The New School’s Henry Cohen Lectures Series. A New Social Contract will spotlight solutions that communities across the United States are advancing to reshape our current landscape of inequity towards one that ensures the full range of human rights of all people. People’s Action, Resource Generation and Race Forward are all cosponsors of the event.

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>> Register for event

Venice Academy on Human Rights

When: Monday, July 2 – Saturday, July 7
Where: EIUC, Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice-Lido, Italy
Cost: See Tuition Rates

Application Deadline: May 23

The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international and interdisciplinary program of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the field of human rights. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research and innovation through the exchange of current knowledge.

This year’s Academy will focuses on “Migration, Mobility and Diversity: New Horizons for Human Rights”, under the coordination of François Crépeau, former U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, with the distinguished opening lecture held by Rainer Münz, Adviser on Migration and Demography to the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC). The program is specifically open to academics, practitioners, Ph.D./J.S.D. and master students.

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Steering Committee Nominations

Interested in helping shape the future of human rights education? Then consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join HRE USA’s Steering Committee. 

Our rules call for the election every summer of new Steering Committee members to replace retiring members. This year there are 2 open seats to be filled, and we invite all members to make nominations for their replacements. You may nominate anyone who fits the criteria for membership and can fulfill the responsibilities of Steering Committee members, including nominating yourself!

Brief biographies of current Steering Committee members can be viewed here. A ballot will be sent to all HRE USA members in July.

Elected Steering Committee members will serve a two-year term beginning in June 2018.


>> Learn more
>> Nomination Form

For further inquiries, please contact Emily Farell

March for Our Lives and Human Rights

Everyone has the right to be safe and secure, and live without fear. But in the U.S., gun violence is an epidemic that directly threatens these human rights. Whether you’re walking down the street, in a school or at church no place is truly safe. In fact, 30,000 people are killed with guns each year in the U.S. and 80% of all gun deaths in the world take place in the U.S. (Amnesty International)

According to International Law, the U.S. government has clear and urgent obligations to protect the people living in this country from gun violence. But the U.S. has a patchwork of inconsistent and inadequate federal and state gun control laws and has failed to take all measures necessary to prevent gun violence as evidenced by the most recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida where 17 students were killed.

The lack of legislative action to reduce this man-made epidemic continues to hold our country at gunpoint and prevent us from exercising our human rights. Of course, a key challenge is how to enforce these human rights obligations and that’s where activism ,  like the above youth-led initiatives,  play a critical role. We the people must demand that our elected officials respect, protect and fulfill our human rights — including those of people most impacted by gun violence: youth, women and people of color.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives and communities across the nation will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

On April 20, a second nationwide school walkout has been planned, which marks 19 years since two teens killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado. Started by a Connecticut student who lives within 30 minutes of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Like the previous walkout, at 10 a.m. students will gather outside, where 17 minutes of silence will honor the victims in Florida.

Stoneman Douglas survivors have also spearheaded initiatives that do not require walking out of school, such as their Vote For Our Lives campaign and #NeverAgain: Pick Up a Pen, which asks students, teachers and concerned citizens to write to lawmakers.

Planning to be part of the national actions on gun violence?  Check out these resources for teachers and students.