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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.
The Editors: Claudia Mahler (Dr. iur.) is Senior Researcher at the Human Rights Centre, University of Potsdam. She is a jurist and has worked as an assistant at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, as Vice-President of the Human Rights Commission for Tirol and Vorarlberg, and as a lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin. Currently she is a consultant to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.
Anja Mihr (Dr. phil.) is the Director of the European Master Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice. She is a political scientist and among others she worked as a researcher and lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin (2005-2006), Columbia University New York (2006) and at the UNESCO-Chair for Human Rights Education at the University of Magdeburg (2002-2004).
Reetta Toivanen (Dr. phil.) is currently a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism and at the Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research, University of Helsinki. She is a social anthropologist and has previously worked as researcher at the Department for European Ethnology at Humboldt University Berlin (2004-2007), the Institute for Human Rights at Abo Akademi University (2001-2003), and at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University (2000-2001).