GIS – 25 July 2014: An award of certificate ceremony will he held on Saturday 26 July 2014 at the Pamplemousses Youth Centre to reward some 60 participants who have followed the Human Rights Education programme organised by the Prime Minister’s Office in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Senior Chief Executive of the Prime Minister’s Office, Mrs K.O Fong Weng-Poorun, will be the chief guest at the ceremony.
The programme, which is run from 9 a.m to noon on four consecutive Saturdays, consists of the following themes: introduction to Human Rights; International Human Rights Instruments; the Constitution of Mauritius; and National Human Rights institutions. The resource persons comprise Legal persons, academicians, Police Officers, and Youth Officers well versed in the field of human rights.
The 12-hour Human Rights Education programme implemented in the 25 Youth Centres across the island reaches out each year around 500 to 750 youths aged between 18 to 29 years. A similar programme will be held simultaneously at the Y. Ali Hall in Port Louis and at Rose Belle Youth Centre during the month of August 2014.
Instilling a Human Rights Culture
Actions are being taken on several fronts to instill a human rights culture among all sections of the population. On that score a three-tier approach is being adopted, covering legislation, policies and training. The Prime Minister’s Office, in collaboration with other stakeholders, is implementing several programmes on an annual basis.. In addition to the three-hour sensitisation programme in the Citizen Advice Bureaux and the programmes broadcast on TV, information relating to basic human rights is disseminated in Youth centres.
With a view to creating an appropriate human rights climate conducive to economic, social and cultural development in the country, the Action Plan on Human Rights seeks to adjust the Government policies and programmes.
Besides the training sessions for citizens, Mauritius aims at promoting a culture of human rights through the adoption of several international instruments. The country has acceded to several conventions including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, among others.
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