We are an organisation established in 1989 by the members of the Helsinki Committee in Poland.
Our mission is - the development of the human liberties and rights culture, both domestically and abroad.
Since 2007 we have Consultative Status with the United Nation's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Currently conducted short-term projects
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In 2006, within the confines of international activity conducted by the Human Rights Training Center, which has now been operating for 11 years, we continued adjusting the Centre's previously prepared framework thematic blocks to the requirements of particular target groups. And so as part of the offer addressed to:
At the beginning of the year we started preparations in connection with the project for journalists from Northern and Western regions of Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Works done up till the end of April covered preparations for the announcement of a competition for journalists, including the elaboration of information about the seminar and a questionnaire form used to apply for the competition, as well as the elaboration of criteria for selecting participants. Internet research was been done to establish the addresses, to which information about the program should be sent in order to reach the journalists interested in the subject matter of human rights from the target countries. Belarusian and Russian project partners, who disseminated information about the seminar in their communities, helped us to establish these addresses. The program of a two-stage seminar was also initially outlined during this period.
Representatives of departments associated with power (uniform services)
14.04 - 21.04.2007, Simferopol, Ukraine, seminar "Human Rights in the work of the Police and methods of teaching them", organizer: HFHR in cooperation with the Ukrainian National University of Interior in Kharkov. Participants: 20 people, lecturers working at the branches of the Ukrainian National University of Interior in Kharkov from: Simferopol, Kirovograd, Odessa, Kherson and Sum. The aim of the seminar was to increase the competence of these lecturers. The seminar's program consisted of two thematic blocks. The first one concerned human rights, with particular consideration for the standards of protecting the right to life, freedom from torture and personal liberty. The second one concerned the methodology of teaching human rights and constructing scenarios of student classes in the scope of human rights. The participants were given the task of elaborating proposals of class scenarios.
whose work focuses on helping individuals from groups particularly vulnerable to human rights violations and stigmatized.
24.01 - 30.01.2007 - Georgia, seminar "Patients' rights at psychiatric care facilities; patients' rights monitoring", participants: 16 people, activists of organizations who provide assistance to mentally ill individuals, employees of the Ombudsman's office, lawyers.
The aim of the seminar was to convey knowledge in the scope of human rights and develop skills in the scope of performing professional human rights monitoring.
The seminar's program consisted of two parts. The first one concerned human rights, patient's rights and rights of psychiatric patients. The second part concerned human rights monitoring, with particular emphasis on the rights of mentally ill individuals. During their stay in Georgia, the trainers had an opportunity to visit a psychiatric hospital in Tbilisi. These experiences were significant with regard to work leading to the preparation of monitoring projects by the participants.
26.02 - 02.03.07, seminar - study-tour "The role of the school pedagogue within the child care system (Polish model)", participants: 16 people from the Ukraine, participants of the project concerning the introduction of changes in the child care system in the Ukraine, conducted by the Christian Children's Fund. All the participants are employed within the family and child care system in the Ukraine and work as: psychologists and social pedagogues from various Ukrainian cities, as well as officials from the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Affairs. The aim of the seminar was to present the Polish model for child and family aid, and in particular to present our experiences, and at the same time difficulties, in introducing European standards into the Polish system of child and family care. During the seminar the participants familiarized themselves with children's rights guaranteed in international documents issued by the UN and the Council of Europe, held visits at child and family care facilities (family court, curator, family aid center, twenty-hour-hour residential child care facility and child support facility) and met with school pedagogues at elementary and grammar schools.
26.03 - 31.03.2007, Warsaw, Poland, Study-tour for NGO representatives from Kazakhstan dealing with the protection of rights of individuals living with HIV/AIDS; 7 representatives of nongovernmental organizations from Kazakhstan, dealing with the protection of rights of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and drug addicts, took part in the visit. The aim of the visit was to familiarize the group of representatives of nongovernmental organizations from Kazakhstan dealing with the protection of rights of individuals living with HIV/AIDS with the functioning of the Polish system of protecting these individuals, including public institutions and nongovernmental organizations, as well as to present the various opportunities for cooperation between NGOs and public institutions. During the study-tour, the participants were acquainted with international and Polish standards for patient's rights protection, with particular emphasis on legal standards regarding people living with HIV/AIDS and the Polish medical care system for these people. During meetings with representatives of Polish nongovernmental organizations, the participants had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with these organizations' experiences in working in support of protecting the rights of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and methods applied during work with individuals addicted to drugs, with particular consideration for harm reduction activities.
In the evaluation of the study-tour the participants gave high notes to both the program's contents and the method of conveying information, as well as the organizational side of the study-tour.
dealing with education in the scope of human rights:
26.03 - 31.03.2007, Warsaw, Poland, seminar „Human rights and the mechanisms of their protection"; the first seminar within the program "Human rights at Belarusian schools", conducted in cooperation with the Belarusian organization Viesna. The seminar's participants included 31 teachers from various types of schools in Belarus (teachers of history and social studies, as well as school pedagogues). The seminar's program covered fundamental terms in the scope of human rights and the mechanisms of their protection, with particular consideration for the UN system and standards of protecting selected rights. Part of the seminar was devoted to the subject matter of protecting children's rights and standards of dealing with the cases of minors. A second seminar, concerning the protection of human rights at school, teaching human rights and organizing student self-government, is planned for June.