10.12.2006 -

Human Rights Protection Is Our Common Cause!

The international conference «Democratic citizenship education: problems of formal and non-formal education» was held on December 7-8, 2006 in Moscow in the Russian State University for the Humanities.

The conference was organized  by the International Movement “Educators for Peace and Understanding” in cooperation with  Moscow School of Human Rights, Russian State University for the Humanities,  Cultural education Center “Aspects of Education”,  International Fund “Roads to Discovery” and with the support of UNESCO Moscow Office and Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation within the framework of the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe’s recommendations on promoting tolerance, civil and human rights.

Education for democratic citizenship and Human Rights fosters mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue, gender equality and harmonious solidarity-based attitudes among people. Civic education awakens a sense of belonging and leads to an understanding of fundamental values such as freedom, political pluralism, human rights, the primacy of law and tolerance. The components of citizenship education are: Human Rights education, education for the Culture of Peace, learning Tolerance and Global Partnership development. State policies regarding citizenship education as well as mechanisms to enforce them are underdeveloped in the Russian Federation. As well, Russia – as an underdeveloped constitutional state facing increasing national and racial intolerance, religious conflicts, outbursts of extremism and xenophobia, political passivity and the population’s ignorance of the rule of law – lacks institutes and traditions that promote civil society. These are all factors that constrain national development and threaten national security. The current situation requires the public’s constant awareness, initiative and lobbying in the field of citizenship, using juridical and political mechanisms.

The above mentioned issues were at the center of attention of the participants – UNESCO experts,    Russian and foreign specialists in the field of Humanities, representatives of Human Rights Defense and UNESCO Chairs, Ombudsman Offices as well as governmental and nongovernmental rights protection organizations from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Ukraina and the Republic of Moldiova. Among the participants were Chief of Human Rights and Development Section of UNESCO V.Volodin, President of International Movement “Educators for Peace and Understanding”, the former representative of UNESCO Secretariat M.Kabatchenko, Programme Clerk for Social and Human Sciences of the UNESCO Moscow Office A.Ampar, Deputy rector RSUH I.Karapetyants, Deputy Chair of the Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation V.Smirnov, Director of Moscow School of Human Rights A.Azarov, Director of  Derbent Centre for Socio-Psychological Rehabilitation T.Osmanova, Expert in sciences, Coordinator of UNESCO Chairs in the Republic of Moldova L.Drumea and others.

The Programme contained many interesting reports and presentations on the above mentioned subjects. After fruitful discussions the Final Document of the Conference was adopted. The Proceedings of the Conference will be published.  

The programme of the event included also the award ceremony where the results of competition of the school and students written works “Human Rights protection is our common cause!” were annunciated and the cultural programme where the participants listened to the concert prepared by the young talents of  Kalinka consort.


M.Kabatchenko welcomes the participants of the Conference


The participants of thу Conference
 From left to right: A.Azarov, I.Karapetyants, V.Volodin, A.Ampar


From left to right: O.Tiunov, A.Azarov, M.Kabatchenko, I.Karapetyants, V.Volodin, A.Ampar

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