Human Rights Centre in Timor-Leste selected as success story by the European Union

by | Jul 10, 2020

The Global Campus of Human Rights is very proud to announce that, on June 15th, the European Union selected the project for the establishment of the Human Rights Centre at the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) in Dili among thousands of others as a success story for the ”Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2019″.

Since 2019, the Global Campus has been helping the UNTL develop human rights education and research. The premises of the UNTL Human Rights Centre were inaugurated last August in a ceremony which was part of the national agenda of celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the independence referendum, with the presence of Peace Nobel Laureate and Former President José Ramos-Horta, alongside many top-ranked State officials and international dignitaries.

The aim of the Centre is to mainstream human rights through all nine UNTL Faculties, as a new transversal course starting in 2021. Furthermore, the Centre will engage in international networking and research activities to become a member of the Global Campus Asia-Pacific hub lead by Mahidol University, alongside ASEAN universities. For this reason, the Global Campus is now successfully training professors, researchers, and staff to be the future resource persons of the Centre.

This is a very ambitious project that we are developing in close cooperation with key local and regional stakeholders, and especially with the National Human Rights Institution – Provedoria dos Direitos Humanos e Justica and the National Centre for Dealing with the Past – Centro Nacional Chega!, as well as with the support of the United Nations system in Timor-Leste. The project follows the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor’s recommendations to develop materials, curricula and other educational resources related to human rights and other relevant disciplines, as well as the principles of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration.

The project is now in its final stages and has already generated important results, the fruit of hard work, excellent coordination among the parties and most importantly thanks to the great tradition, practice, and demand of human rights in Timor-Leste. The selection of the project as a success story for the “EU Human Rights and Democracy Report” is a very important achievement for the UNTL, the Global Campus and all parties involved, and that can inspire the Human Rights Educators community to keep contributing for a more just and equitable society, in Timor-Leste and beyond.

You can read the full report here.

For more about the project visit here and follow the project Facebook page.

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