International Human Rights Training

Equitas will be holding its 28th International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada, from June 10 to June 29, 2007. This annual, intensive three-week program brings together around 120 participants from approximately 60 countries.


The goal of the IHRTP is to strengthen the capacity of human rights organizations to undertake educational efforts aimed at building a global culture of human rights. The IHRTP aims at enabling participant organizations to undertake more effective human rights education activities. To this end, the Program places a strong emphasis on transfer of learning and on follow-up activities. Participants will be asked to develop an individual plan for putting their learning into action as part of the training.


The curriculum model is based on principles of adult experiential learning, in which participants and facilitators engage in a process of mutual teaching and learning. Participants work for the most part in groups of about 15 with a facilitator whose role is to provide guidance in achieving the Program objectives. In addition, internationally recognized human rights experts are also invited to give presentations and participate in panel discussions throughout the three-week session.


The IHRTP is an intermediate-level program that focuses on international human rights standards, current human rights issues and human rights education strategies. The exploration of human rights principles and instruments, ongoing critical reflection and inquiry and extensive sharing of experiences allow participants to strengthen their capacity to engage in effective human rights education.

*Week 1

Participants will get to know the members of their working group and engage in activities that lay the groundwork for developing a productive group dynamic based on mutual respect. They will become familiar with the overall Program content and methodology and begin a process of reflection on their individual societies, the human rights work of their organizations and their own role within those organizations. Participants will also compare their roles as human rights activists/educators and reflect on the universality of rights.

*Week 2

Participants will begin the week discussing issues of particular interest, leading to an examination of their roles as human rights workers and educators in the current global context. Through case studies and discussions, participants will examine major international human rights instruments in order to explore the usefulness of these instruments in their work.

*Week 3

Regional workshops will provide participants from the same geographic region the opportunity to work together to examine key components of effective monitoring and advocacy and the role of these activities in human rights education. Participants will synthesize previous themes and examine emerging human rights issues. Participants will also become familiar with methods of evaluating educational activities


Organizations that nominate candidates must primarily be representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or community-based organizations (CBOs), but also of national human rights institutions; have a demonstrated commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights; and be involved in human rights education activities, such as training sessions, workshops, public awareness campaigns, advocacy, monitoring. Priority in the selection will be given to candidates affiliated with NGOs and CBOs. However, in a limited number of cases, consideration will also be given to candidates affiliated with other types of organizations, such as national human rights institutions and educational institutions.

Candidates from qualifying organizations must be active members of their organization for at least 2 years; be in a position to influence the human rights education work of the organization; have a knowledge of human rights principles and major international instruments; and be proficient in either English or French.


The IHRTP will be held from June 10 to June 29, 2007 at John Abbott College in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada.


The participation fee is $4,800 Canadian. This includes tuition, accommodation, meals, program materials and emergency medical insurance. There are a limited number of bursaries available.


Candidates must complete an Application Form which can be obtained by visiting the Equitas website at or by contacting the IHRTP Team at

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 1, 2006. We encourage all candidates to submit their Application Forms as soon as possible.

Ian Hamilton
Executive Director
Equitas, International Centre for Human Rights Education
1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, Suite 407
Montréal, Québec
Canada H3G 1T7
Telephone: (514) 954-0382
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Please note that as from October 23, 2006 our address will be 666 Sherbrooke Ouest, Bureau 1100, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3A 1E7