2019 UN Human Rights Defenders School – 10 June 2019

The 2019 UN Human Rights Defenders School kicks off in Thailand

UNBANGKOK (10 June 2019) – The UN Human Rights Defenders School Programme started today at Mahidol University in Thailand with the participation of 21 Thai human rights defenders, of 13 are women and 2 LGBT.

Since 2014, the UN Human Rights Office in Bangkok has been hosting the Human Rights Defenders School, ten days of intensive training designed to enhance the capacity of mid-level human rights professionals in the country.

The programme is staged over two five-day periods at Mahidol University Salaya Campus in Nakorn Prathom province.

The first one, from 10 to 14 June 2019, includes sessions on international human rights standards, human rights documentation and interviewing skills, and physical and digital security training.

The second five-day training, from 7 to 11 October 2019, will cover international human rights treaties, UN human rights mechanisms, advocacy with the media, and cooperation with UN human rights mechanisms, state institutions and civil society organisations.

The Human Rights Defenders School has trained over 80 Thai human rights defenders, most of them women, and the number is growing.

The School’s participants are Thai human rights defenders working on civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; children's rights; labour rights; refugee and migrant rights; community human rights defenders; land rights activists; environmental human rights defenders; LGBTI rights, indigenous rights or others.

The Human Rights Defenders School was opened this year by Professor Vitit Muntabhorn, an international human rights expert and member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.

Prof. Muntarbhorn has served on many UN bodies, and was the first UN Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.