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Williamsburg, VA, Wednesday, 25 April 2012— “When egregious violations of human rights take place,” course author Patrick Marega Castellan writes, “conflict becomes inevitable.” Conversely, when human rights are protected and promoted, peace will be established, instilled, and – above all – kept.
United Nations peacekeepers to succeed in their missions, it is essential then
that a thorough understanding of human
rights be reached. With this cause in mind, the Peace Operations Training
Institute (POTI), in collaboration with
the University for Peace, offers to students its second course on the topic of
human rights, Human Rights and Peacekeeping. The new course puts into concrete terms theoretical concepts introduced in the first course and demonstrates –often
through first-hand accounts – how human rights violations perpetuate conflict
in places where such concepts remain
either undiscovered or wilfully ignored.
The course’s main topics of discussion include:
International human rights law
Actions of protection (e.g. protection of civilians, protection strategies, etc.)
Planning and implementation in integrated missions
Human rights partners
About the Course Author (Patrick Marega Castellan)
Patrick Marega Castellan is a human rights consultant who has served in various capacities – including specialist, adviser, and trainer – for United Nations missions in Haiti, Darfur, Angola, and Liberia. From 2006 to 2009, he served in the Methodology, Education and Training Section of OHCHR, providing advice to OHCHR staff and developing human rights training material in collaboration with DPKO. He is based in Papua New Guinea.