The international human rights framework
Determining the legal framework of human rights monitoring will help define its structure, the types and sources of information to be gathered and the elements to be proven to establish that violations have taken place. Discover the international legal framework that underpins human rights. The principles that guide their application, the nature of rights, who is responsible for upholding human rights, and what mechanisms perform human rights monitoring functions globally.
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David Mark & Yelena Volochai
Introduction: International Human Rights Framework
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Take the quiz and test your knowledge after completing the first module of the training!
1. The principles of universality of human rights means:Correct! Wrong!
2. A human rights convention/covenant is legally binding (legally binding means parties must obey the terms written in the convention/ covenant) if:Correct! Wrong!
3. The International Covenant on Civic and Political Rights is more important than the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural rights.Correct! Wrong!
4. Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a legally binding document.Correct! Wrong!
5. The obligation of the State to respect human rights means:Correct! Wrong!
6. Each human rights convention establishes a committee of experts to monitor implementation of the treaty provisionsCorrect! Wrong!
7. The right to hold opinions without interference and the right to freedom of expression are:Correct! Wrong!
1. What will I learn from this course on Human Rights Monitoring?
Human Rights Monitoring training will equip you with necessary knowledge and valuable set of skills guiding you in the process of recording and analysing of information, presenting findings of monitoring activities, expressing concerns about a human rights issue, engaging in dialogue with duty bearers, advocating for positive change and proposing recommendations for corrective action.
2. What are its learning objectives?
- to strengthen the capacity of CSOs, human rights defenders (HRDs), activists and human rights organizations to monitor, investigate and document human rights violations
- to enhance understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary for stimulating human rights change
- to help learners navigate the process of monitoring, documenting and advocating on human rights violations using simple steps and practical tools
- to enable HRDs to recognise applicable international legal framework and international monitoring standards
- to provide learners with possibility to examine the nature and extent of states’ obligations under international and national human rights standards
- to equip CSOs, HRDs and activists with necessary skills needed to apply strategic planning in human rights monitoring to reach a greater impact
- to enable learners to review possible engagement and partnership strategies with State and non-State actors
- to help HRDs address the human rights situation through corrective action, advocacy and intervention or international human rights mechanisms
3. What level of knowledge or education should I have before starting the course?
The course is primarily addressed to human rights defenders with monitoring responsibilities. The methodology is adapted to beginners with no previous knowledge in human rights monitoring. Human Rights Monitoring training provides basic knowledge of human rights principles, the cycle of monitoring and is intended for use in different situations, contexts and regions.
4. Is this course available in other languages?
Yes, this course is available also in Russian.
5. How do I pass the course? Do you propose a certificate and if yes, how can I receive it?
To earn your Course Certificate, you’ll need to earn a passing grade on the final assessment survey. After completing Human Rights Monitoring course, please contact us to receive a link to the final assessment survey. If you reach 60% of positive answers, we will issue the Course Certificate to you in electronic format.
6. What if I did not find an answer to my questions?
Well, then feel free to contact us.