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Programme

Human Rights today: Foundations, challenges and opportunities

July 1 to 5, 2019, CES | Lisbon



Monday, 1st July 2109
Human Rights: Foundations

9:30 - 10:00    Registration of participants  
10:00 - 10:30  Introductory words and logistics for the week         
10:30 -13:00   Historical and conceptual foundations of Human Rights. Human Rights instruments.  Véronique Lerch and Carla Luís    

13:00 - 14:00  Lunch > Tayybeh – Syrian food (Catering service by Syrian refugees)        

14:00 - 15:00  Mechanisms for the promotion and protection of human rights at the international and regional levels. Véronique Lerch and Carla Luís
15:00 - 16:30  How can the United Nations make a difference regarding Economic, Social and Cultural Rights? Virgínia Brás Gomes, Former Chair of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
17:00 - 19:00  Migrantour - Lisbon | Tour of Lisbon ran by migrants, coord. by Renovar a Mouraria (Portuguese ngo)


Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
Democracy, Elections and Human Rights

10:00 - 13:00  Democracy, Elections and Human Rights. Populism and other current challenges to a democratic society and fair elections.  Carla Luís

13:00 - 14:30  Lunch 

14.30 - 16.00  Fake news, Democracy and current challenges. A first hand report from the Portuguese experience. Paulo Pena, journalist Grand Reporter. Member of Investigate Europe


Wednesday, 3rd July 2019
Human Rights: Specific Areas

10:00 – 13:00 Children rights: are children’s rights Human Rights?  History of children’s rights in the context of human rights; Child’s right to participation; Child protection. Véronique Lerch

13.00 - 14.00  Lunch
14.00 - 15:30  The Portuguese Ombudsperson and her role on Human Rights protection. Maria Lúcia Amaral, Portuguese Ombudsperson
16h00 - 17:30     Refugee rights and contemporary challenges. Ana Rita Gil, Law Faculty – New University of Lisbon

 

Thursday, 4th July 2019
Human Rights in Practice

10:00 - 12:30  Aljube Museum – guided visit (Aljube is a former political prison till 1974, and is now a museum on the Portuguese fight for freedom and democracy) . Luís Farinha, Aljube Museum Director.

Conversation with Diana Andringa, CES researcher, journalist and activist on memory issues.

12:30 - 14:15  Lunch 

14:15 - 18:00  Workshop: Human Rights advocacy: e.g., strategic litigation, lobbying, communication strategies, monitoring EU and UN institutions. Veronique Lerch and Carla Luís

Human Rights in Europe, the situation in Hungary – a case study from Amnesty International
Gauri van Gulik, Europe Director, Amnesty International


Friday, 5th July 2019
Human Rights under threat: current challenges

09:30 - 11:00  Current challenges to Human Rights and emerging Human Rights issues: The links between Human Rights and environment, business, corruption and human rights defenders. Carla Luís and Veronique Lerch

11:00 - 11:30  Coffee break 

11:30 - 13:00  How to campaign for Human Rights? Crossed perspectives: NGOs, activists and the media
Roundtable with:  Paulo Fontes, Amnesty International Portugal, Head of Communication and Campaigns; Marta Ramos, ILGA Portugal (ngo working on lgbt rights); Aline Flor, Público (reference daily Portuguese newspaper)

13:00 - 14:30  Lunch 

14:30 – 17h – Closing session:
Hope-Based Communications: Using values-based messaging and narrative change strategies
Thomas Coombes, Head of Brand and Deputy Communications Director, Amnesty International

Departure of participants.
 

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