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).
Human Rights School
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Human rights and liberties, which regulate the relations between an individual and the authorities, is a field of knowledge at the meeting points of law, philosophy, political science, history and sociology. The demand for this knowledge is great and is constantly growing.
Different professional groups: teachers, lawyers, journalists, police officers, etc., have turned to our Foundation with request concerning materials, lectures and meetings on this subject matter. Because we were unable to meet the expectations of these circles, we decided to pass on our knowledge and expertise, thereby increasing the number of people who would be able to help the Foundation achieve its goals. This is how the concept of establishing the Human Rights School was born. The School has been operating since the autumn of 1991.
The School's objective is to educate:
- lecturers, who could carry out educational activities on human rights and liberties,
- non-government organisation activists.
The participants are chosen from among people with higher education (we make exceptions for fifth-year students), who show interest in this subject matter during qualifying interviews.
In the recruitment process, we attempt to diversify the group of course participants by taking into consideration their educational profiles, occupations, region of residence, interests, etc. During the course's duration, the group's diversity means that apart from participating in the curricular classes, the participants also learn a lot from one another.
The programme's participants familiarise themselves with the history of human rights and philosophy behind them, as well as the instruments of their protection in domestic and international law. Based on this they learn about material rights, their essence and limitations, among others: the right to life, freedom of thought, conscience and religious denomination, the right to personal freedom and security, the right to vote, the right to hold property, and social rights. From among the rights of people, who belong to various groups, the discussion includes, among others, the rights of children, the rights of national, ethnic and cultural minorities, the rights of prisoners, and the issue of human rights when dealing with institutions such as the police force and the civil service.
Lecturers are drawn from a pool of outstanding experts in this field from university centres in: Lublin, Krakow, Poznań, Toruń, Warsaw and Wrocław, as well as practitioners from the Constitutional Tribunal, the Supreme Court, the Ombudsman Office and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. The course is completed with an examination.
Since 1991, we have carried out 23 courses. Currently we have over 700 graduates, representing various professional environments and different educational qualifications - from students to university professors.
Our graduates improve their knowledge and skills during specialised seminars, organised 2-3 times a year and devoted to the issues they choose, e.g.:
- children's rights,
- monitoring techniques,
- the philosophical basis of human rights,
- practical skills associated with benefiting from UN instruments of human rights protection,
- human rights in the European commonwealth law.