Freitag, 14. Oktober 2011

The Icelandic Human Rights Centre

The purpose and aim of the Center is to promote human rights by collecting information on and raising awareness of human rights issues in Iceland and abroad. The ICEHR has assumed the functions of a national human rights institution as set out in the UN Paris principles, though its powers, independence and financing are not established by statute.

The Center works to make human rights information accessible to the public by organising conferences and seminars on human rights issues and by providing human rights education.The Center conducts human rights and legal education courses for the University of Iceland Adult Learning Centre, which is open to all adult learners throughout Iceland. The Center also promotes legal reform and research on human rights.

The Center was founded by organizations and insitutions working in various fields of human rights (Save the Children, Amnesty International, Icelandic Red Cross, Unifem in Iceland and more, 14 organisations in all) and acts as a centralised law "translation" centre for these organisations, providing them with explanations and clarifications on legal issues, reports, articles, brochures etc. Legal counsel to immigrants in Reykjavík is also a part of the Centre‘s functions, making them aware of their rights and obligations and to further their understanding of the legal system in Iceland.

Our role in the Grundtvig Learning Partnership is to share and assess these strategies (the cooperation with the University of Iceland Adult Learning Centre and the law "translation" approach) with the partners.

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