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Published on Apr 15, 2010
The World Citizens for Human Rights Defenders project was developed by the AI Belgium Youth Programme. It is framed by the Global Human Rights Strategy, the International Youth Strategy and the ethical principles of the organisation.
It aims at sensitising the Belgian youth to the activities of Human Rights Defenders and at protecting them through the creation of communication networks between Belgian schools and their respecticve NGOs
The project was made up of five groups. The second group visited Murhabazi Namegabe from BVES in Bukavu (DRC between July 10th and 19th 2008. They focused on the social reinsertion of former child soilders and street children. This film was produced by and about students and Human Rights defenders actively involved in the project 'World Citizens for Human Rights Defenders', developed and supervised by the Youth Programme of the Amnesty Belgian section (French speaking).
The project aims at protecting HRDs through the creation of communication networks between Belgian students and their respective NGOs. It encourages the students to develop their own projects to promote the work of their partner HRD. The project was launched in September 2006 and distributed to institutional partners in the educational field calling for project applications to work with NGOs / HRDs across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
35 student groups (around 400 individuals) sent in applications and for over a year they regularly communicated with their partner NGO /HRD , enquiring about objectives, activities, members, motivations, successes and difficulties. They developed creative projects to support and promote their partners in their local environment. Some wrote plays, created websites, directed short films, composed music, etc.
The five groups that ran the most successful projects over the year were selected to visit their partner HRD in the home country and make a documentary film on their activities.
The resulting documentaries were broadcast on Belgian TV during the anniversary celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration for Human Rights Defenders.
The five films are now available on DVD and for download to support and publicise the work of Human Rights Defenders and as a resource for Human Rights Education.
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