*** During eight sessions, participants will be educated in different subjects related to human rights.


Mérida, Venezuela – The Observatory of Human Rights of the University of Los Andes (ODH–ULA) begun on June 1, 2018, the 2nd certificate course on human rights “Madiba: The Challenge of Human Rights in Non-Democratic Contexts”, with approximately 150 participants.

The certificate course, named Madiba in honor of the former South African president, lawyer, philanthropist, human rights advocate and activist, was opened by PhD Mario Bonucci, rector of the University of Los Andes.

The beginning of the course, which Professor Bonucci described as historic, has coincided with Nicolás Maduro´s announcement to release some political prisoners, a fact that proves this condition in those who have been imprisoned for opposing the Venezuelan government.

Approximately 150 participants enrolled in the 2nd cohort of the human rights certificate course “Madiba”.

Mayda Hočevar, Director of the ODH–ULA, stated that this certificate course on human rights fulfills the mission of the observatory mission to teach, promote and disseminate human rights.

Participants will be educated in different subjects related to human rights, such as LGBTIQ+ and women human rights, access to justice, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the Inter-American Human Rights System, the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners – also known as the Nelson Mandela Rules –, the relation between political corruption and human rights, among others.

The teaching model of this program is based on both theory and practice, and it consists of 8 weekly sessions, until July, 20, 2018.

Professor Hočevar also stated that the ODH–ULA honors its commitment to educate citizens, as the certificate course is available to every person, regardless of their background or previous knowledge on human rights.

“We are convinced that the advancement and evolution of human rights is made possible thanks to civil society efforts to report, document, and diffuse human rights violation that occur in their vicinity” declared Professor Hočevar. / Press ODH-ULA

ODH–ULA Started 2nd Certificate Course on Human Rights

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