Achievements

 

According to the Second Phase of the Program Action Plan (2010-1012) it was foreseen:

The second phase of the Program Action Plan is based on the general goals of the Program. The basis of this phase strategy is the strengthening of the program influence on social processes, the development of the program graduates’ network, the creation of more opportunities for the activity of the program graduates, and the engagement of new partners (both individual experts and organizations).

a)  toconducteducationalcoursesandactivitiesforsociallyactiveyoungpeople, activistsofnon-governmentalorganizations, teachersofschoolsandlecturersofhighereducationalestablishments, journalists, activistsworkingintheinterestsofpersonswithdisabilitiesandlawenforcementagentsthatwerealreadyapprobatedduringthefirstphase(2008-2009) oftheProgramActionPlan;

b)  todevelopandconductconceptuallynewlong-termcourses, whichstrategy, contentandmethodologyisbasedontheexperiencegainedwithinthefirstphase(2008-2009) oftheProgramActionPlan;

c)  toprovidetheyouth groups initiatives in the sphere of human rights advocacy and protection with an expert and resource support;

d)  todevelopandpiloteducationalcoursesforstateagents, such aslawenforcementofficers, theofficialsofthepenitentiarysystem, health, guardianshipandeducationalsystems, and ofanyotherstateservicesandstructures;

e)  to provide opportunities for distance learning;

f)  todevelopinformationalsupport and program management.

The results of activities held within the framework of the program in 2010

Seventy threeyoungactivistsunderwentbasictraining withintheframeworkofoneAll-UkrainianHumanRightsSchoolforyoungactivistsandthreelocalHumanRightsSchoolsforyoungactivists. Activegraduates, whounderwenttraining, initiateactions, projects, campaignsinsupportandprotectionofhumanrightsorparticipateinsimilarevents, engage others, for groups of activists and cooperate with non-governmental organizations.

Thirty eightteachersandadministratorsofsecondaryeducationalestablishmentscontinuetheireducationwithintheframeworkoftwoCourses titled ‘School is a Territoryof Human Rights. The participants gain knowledge and skills in the sphere of human rights, learn to base the educational process  on human rights principles, to apply forms and methods of teaching human rights and interdisciplinary subjects, including possibilities to integrate the corresponding subjects into various educational disciplines. After the Course is finished, the teachers and administrators together with other participants of the educational process work to establish at school the atmosphere, which would be based on human rights principles, fulfill their own initiatives concerning human rights education at school, and reform school management with due account of human rights.

Eighteenrepresentativesandvolunteersofthenon-governmentalorganizationsthatworkintheinterests of persons with disabilities underwent training within the framework of the 1st All-UkrainianHumanRightsSchoolin the interests of persons with disabilities.Due to the training the approach of the representatives of the mentioned target groups towards their own activity is based on human rights, local public organizations and activists working in the interests of people with disabilities become more active, and the graduates establish cooperation and interact in order to resolve problems with the observance of the rights of people with disabilities.

Twenty onejournalistsofall-Ukrainianandlocalmassmediawhorepresenttelevision, radio, printandInternetpublicationscontinuetheireducationwithintheframeworkofthefirstCourse‘The Role of Journalism in Human Rights Protection and Support’.    TheactiveparticipantsoftheCoursewritearticlesabouthumanrightswithmorecompetence. Theyareabletocovereventsfromtheperspectiveofhumanrights, avoidhatespeechandcanprotectthemselvesundertheconditionsofstricteditorialpolicyandtheengagementofpublicationsinpolitics. The journalists who undergo training have initiatives about the distribution of materials about human rights through their own articles, the informing of their colleagues about human rights, and have ideas on how to cooperate with human rights organizations. They also have ideas about new publications that may strengthen the communication between journalists and human rights communities.

Twenty fourrepresentativesofthepenitentiarysystemcontinuetheireducationwithintheframeworkof the Human Rights Course for the corresponding target group. These are mainly the representatives of the local departments of the State Department for Enforcement of Sentences who are in charge of the preparation of the personnel of colonies. The participants are involved in the approbation of methodological materials on human rights education that will be suggested for the system of training and retraining of personnel.    They work with the personnel of colonies, analyze the methodological materials and suggest their own elaborations. Educational tasks for this target group mainly depend on the fulfillment of their duties from the position of human rights.

SeventeenofficialsofthesystemoftheMinistryofInteriorofUkrainecontinuetheireducationwithintheframework of the Course for law enforcement agents. The participants teach in all higher educational establishment of the system of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine.The participants are involved in the development and approbation of the Course on human rights for the system of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine. They work in the corresponding higher educational establishments, with the officials of the MI who undergo the retraining, and analyze the methodological elaborations. Educational tasks for this target group mainly depend on the fulfillment of their duties from the position of human rights.

Fifty oneprogramgraduatesobtainedcompetencieswithintheframeworkofthefollowingspecializedtrainingsandseminars: CollectiveActionsfortheProtectionofHumanRights, TheMonitoringofHumanRights, EducationalActionsfortheProtectionofHumanRightsandA Strategic Disability Lawsuit.Theseminaronastrategicdisabilitylawsuitwasattendednotonlybytheprogramgraduatesbutalsobythirteenactivists(lawyersinthemain) whoapplylegalactionsintheinterestsofpersonswith disabilities. The participants of the seminars use the obtained knowledge in order to carry out such activities as the monitoring, collective and educational actions and in order to initiate strategic lawsuits.

In 2010 there was started the development of a concept of and the introduction of distant courses. Participants obtain knowledge before the beginning of training within the framework of basic and specialized educational schools, seminars and trainings, because they work with texts, carry out practical tasks and express their opinions about important issues that are the objects of their future preparation. This also allows doing the diagnostics of the participants’ level of competencies. 

Inbetweenthebasiceducationalactivitiesofthelong-termcoursestheirparticipants, namely21journalist, 38teachers, 17lawenforcementagents, and24employees of the penitentiary system, carry out tasks and are evaluated by the experts. In this way they are involved in distance learning. Consequently, the education is based on practice and allows ensuring the expert support of all the activities that are initiated by the participants after the training.

Seventeen Belaruslawyersreceivedbasictrainingduringtheseminar‘TheImplementationofInternationalLawinLegalPractice’inordertocontinuetheireducationwithintheframeworkofthelong-termcourse“DeFactoImplementationofInternationalObligationsintheSphereofCivilRightsandFreedoms” thatiscarriedoutbynon-governmentalorganizationsfromBelarusinpartnershipwiththe HumanRightsHouseNetwork(Oslo, Norway). Thelawyerswhounderwenttrainingarereadytoapply their experience for the protection of human rights.

In2010 sixdraftmanualshavebeenpublished. Atpresenttheyareapprobatedandarepreparedtobepublishedin2011. The methodological materials contained in the manuals are intended for the preparation of activists, teachers, journalists, and activists who work in the interests of people with disabilitiesand conduct the monitoring of human rights observance.

One hundred and fifty eightparticipants of the Conference on the Development of Human Rights Education have worked out recommendations regarding the development of formal and informal human rights education in Ukraine. These recommendations constitute the basis of a petition, which is being developed at present. The petition will be distributed among State authorities, the mass media and non-governmental organizations.

Theprogramgraduatesareconstantlycarryingoutinitiativesin the sphere of human rights protection and advocacy. These initiatives (actions, campaigns and projects) are supervised by the program experts. Fifteen projects have received the program resource support. The description of the mentioned projects is given above. Such a support is provided within the framework of the program ‘Activists’ Initiatives: Human Rights.

Theprogramwebsite www.edu.helsinki.org.ua is always functioning.Within a year the number of its users has increased from 100 to 200 persons. Every day it is attended by 100 to 200 users. Among the registered users there are more than 20 known Ukrainian human rights experts. 995 people receive the website mailing list weekly. The program graduates are constantly posting messages about their initiatives and activity. For example, from May to October 2010 sixty articles were posted by the program graduates. The program participants and other users of the website communicate in the website forum. The number of forum topics for discussion has increased twice. The library is constantly being updated. In 2010 most of the application forms have been received through the on-line application form. There is the website data base of all the applicants and participants of the program educational measures. The materials posted on the website are highly cited and used by other information resources.

Theinformationcooperationisfulfilledwiththefollowinginformation resources:The All-UkrainianExpertNetwork, Hromads’kyiProstir(CivilSpace), Hurt, PravovyiProstir(LegalSpace), Maidan, Ves’ Kirovohrad(TheEntireKirovohrad), thePortaloftheUkrainianHelsinkiHumanRightsUnion, thePortaloftheKharkivHumanRightsGroup, UNIAN-HumanRights, UAPravo, theVhoruNewspaper, thePortaloftheStudents’ Self-Government, UkrainianHumanRightsProtectionPortal, FreeNetFreeYouthPortal, Chernihiv Monitor, L’viv NGO Portal, Zakarpattia Online, The Portal of Non-Political News, Civil Initiatives Network, Youth Resource Center, The XENOdocuments Portal, Korespondent, Telekrytyka etc. 

Morethan400 articlesabouttheprogram, thegraduates’ projectsimplementedwithinthe‘Activists’ Initiatives: HumanRights’ Programandabout the soon coming events are openly accessible online.

Thenewplatformforcommunicationandplanningofactions, campaigns, mutualconsultationsandinformationsharingis the new website of the social network of human rights activists titled ‘Human Rights Activists in Action’. More than 230 persons have been registered as the website users within less than half a year. Most of the network users are the program graduates.

Seven experts of the program have participated in the educational measures, such as schools, seminars and trainings, of partner projects in Belarusand Russia. The representatives of partner organizations from other countries are always invited to take part in the program activities.