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The Venice School of Human Rights was born in 2010 with the goal of studying today's challenges in the field of human rights.
It allows its participants coming from all over the world to list these challenges and examine their reasons and possible solutions they can deploy. The Global Campus Venice School at the same time, combines theory and practice and its faculty includes prominent academics, representatives of leading human rights NGOs, members of the European Parliament and Sakharov Prize Laureates.
Courses are scheduled to take place in Venice at the premises of the Global Campus of Human Rights over a period of 8 days. The courses will be taught in English by internationally recognised experts and academics in the fields of human rights belonging to partner universities and other organisations that support Global Campus projects and endeavours. Participants will benefit from an extremely rich cultural environment including visits to museums, galleries and churches. Finally, they will be able to relax and enjoy walking along the Lido beaches or cycling around the island once the courses finish in the afternoon.
Sakharov Fellowship Programme
Since 2016 the European Parliament's Sakharov Fellowship Programme Programme offers up to 14 human rights defenders selected from non-EU countries the opportunity to follow a two week intensive training in Brussels and at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice. Under the Sakharov Fellowship training programme human rights defenders will enhance their knowledge of EU and international human rights frameworks, policies and mechanisms and develop capacities to advocate for and effect positive change to protect human rights.
While the programme in Brussels focuses on EU policies and tools in support of human rights defenders, accessing funding for human rights defenders, developing communications skills, and raising awareness of specific security challenges facing human rights defenders, in Venice, Fellows are enrolled in the Venice School of Human Rights which combines academic teaching and sharing the Fellow's experiences with an international audience of practitioners in human rights. The aim is to develop knowledge of international human rights law, instruments and mechanisms and how to use these to effect change on the ground.
Here below some of the keynote speakers who took part in the past editions of the Venice School:
VS 2019 - Press Conference with Lorent Saleh, 2017 Sakharov Prize Laureate
VS 2017 - Press Conference with Lamya Haji Bashar, 2016 Sakharov Prize Laureate
VS 2016 - Opening Lecture by Hauwa Ibrahim, 2005 Sakharov Prize Laureate
The Global Campus of Human Rights cordially invites you to the Roundtable: “How to defend the democratic change in Venezuela” with the participation of Lorent Saleh, 2017 Sakharov Prize Laureate.
The 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought was awarded by the European Parliament to Venezuela’s democratic opposition which includes the country's national assembly (represented by Julio Borges) and all political prisoners as listed by Foro Penal Venezolano (represented by Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, Daniel Ceballos, Yon Goicoechea, Lorent Saleh, Alfredo Ramos and Andrea González).
The Roundtable will take place on 6 April 2019 at 17.15 at the Global Campus of Human Rights Headquarters, the Monastery of San Nicolò – Riviera San Nicolò 26, Lido-Venice and it will be live-streamed on our Facebookchannel.
The following representatives and speakers of the Venice School of Human Rights will attend the Roundtable:
- Lorent Saleh, 2017 laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
- Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
- Mara Marinaki, EEAS Principal Adviser on Gender and on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
- Manfred Nowak, Secretary General of the Global Campus of Human Rights.
About the Venice School of Human Rights:
The Venice School of Human Rights is a training programme born in 2010 with the goal of studying today’s challenges in the field of human rights allowing its participants coming from all over the world to examine their root causes and possible solutions to deploy. It combines theory and practice and its faculty involves both academics and practitioners. This year’s Venice School will concentrate on the role of Human Rights Defenders, and critically assess the existing measures to protect them, especially in countries in deep political and economic crisis like Venezuela.
For more information about the Roundtable and to reserve a seat please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 3 April. Limited availability of seats.
With the support and patronage of the Italian Union of Criminal Law Associations (UCPI). The patronage of the initiative is also provided by the Venice Bar Association, Foundation Feliciano Benvenuti, and the Criminal Law Association of Venice “Antonio Pognici".