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The United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education and the Inclusion of National Minorities

Claudia Mahler, Anja Mihr and Reetta Toivanen

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a Decade for Human Rights Education which started in 1995 and lasted until 2004. With a resolution UN member states not only assured the adoption of the relevant human rights documents, but also to start educating their populations about the rights which every human being has simply through their humanity. This volume gives insights into the analysis of human rights education efforts, programmes, school curricula development and case studies in different European countries during the period of the UN Decade. Authors from different academic disciplines, various international organisations, and European NGOs focus on the consequences of human rights education on the life of vulnerable groups, in this case on ethnic and national minorities in Europe.
Contents: Elena Ippoliti: Human Rights Education: Global Initiatives at the United Nations – Claudia Mahler/Anja Mihr/Reetta Toivanen: The UN Decade for Human Rights Education 1995-2004 and its Contribution to the Furtherance of the Rights of National Minorities in Europe – Paul Martin: Human Rights and the Academy – Audrey Osler: Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship: Competing or Complimentary Agendas? – Carolyn Kissane: Turning Walls into Doors: Challenges and Opportunities for Human Rights Education – Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark: Education and Human Rights - Kind Intentions and Brutal Realities – Anja Mihr: The State, Politics and Human Rights Education During the UN Decade for Human Rights Education. The Case of Spain and Armenia – Sulev Valdmaa: Educating Citizens for Democracy - Changes in the Estonian Education System – Theresa Khorozyan: Democratic Reforms and Human Rights Education: Are the Education Reforms Directed to Shape New Democratic Political Culture in Armenia? – Reetta Toivanen: Sustainability of Human Rights and Minority Education – Theodore S. Orlin: Human Rights Law as a Paradigm for the Protection and Advancement of Minority Education in Europe – Inken Stern/Jana Luptáková: Human Rights Education and Roma in Slovakia – Claudia Mahler: Is Human Rights Education a Means of Supporting Minorities?