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East and Southeast Asia link for regional collaboration on human rights education

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By the AUN-HRE SecretariatJanuary 2021The
ASEAN University Network-Human Rights Education (AUN-HRE) and the Institute
of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University in cooperation
with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), University of Oslo
organized East and SEA cross-regional collaboration on human rights
education.The regional network meeting on human rights education has been
organized three times in Bangkok since 2016 with the objective of
facilitating the sharing of knowledge and experience on human rights
education between human rights academics from East and Southeast Asia.The
4th Regional Network Meeting was held virtually, in a
series of discussions, from 2nd November to 7th
December with a particular focus on access to remedies in the context of
business, human rights and environment. The meeting was attended by 20
academics from different universities in China, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand. PhD students from Law school at
Wuhan University and Fudan University also attended the event as
observers.The program started with participants sharing about developments in
human rights and peace education in their institutions. The sharing was
followed by a series of talks by academics and practitioners on principles
underpinning the right to remedy, the mechanisms for accessing remedy and
challenges in enforcing the rights. The different substantive sessions were John
Ruggie’s Principle / UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
Human Rights and Environment: linkage between business, human rights and
environment; access to remedy in the context of business/environment and
human rights from both legal perspective and NGOs working on the ground
(which some regional cased were discussed). Teaching business/environment and
human rights; the last session focused on sharing experiences in teaching
business and human rights including methodologies and resources among
participants.The network meeting ended with a discussion on future plans and
the thematic focus of the next regional network meeting on human rights and
peace education.

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