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FOCUS March 2003 Volume 31

Asia Youth Network for Human Development

As a follow-up to the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), and the regional training workshop of the Asia Youth Network for Human Development, national activities were held during the September 2002 to February 2003 period.

Following is a short description of the activities.

“Human Rights Workshop for Youth”

International Caucasus Foundation on Minority Issues (ICFMI)

(October 2002, Baku City, Azerbaijan Republic)

Exchange and dissemination of information on good practices to combat racism, coordination of advocacy efforts and promotion of human rights as a tool for combating racism.

“Human Rights and Environmental Training”

Ethnic Cooperation for Human Rights and the Environment (ECHRE)

(September 2002, Refugee Camp along the Thai/Burma border)

Training of refugee youth and migrant workers on human rights, environmental protection and participation in decision-making processes that effect their lives.

“Strengthening Youth Capacity on Leadership Management and Human Rights Development”

Youth for Peace

(February 2003, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia)

Training on leadership and management, conflict resolution, and human rights education methodology.

“Human Rights and Poverty Alleviation and Development Workshop”

Young Friends of the Fiji Museum

(January 2003, Suva, Fiji)

Study on how to address human rights and development issues in the Pacific Islands and Fiji.

“The Road to Harmony ­ Human Rights and Youth in Action”

Asian Students Association (ASA) and the Malaysian Youth and Student Democratic Movement (DEMA)

(January 2003, Hong Kong)

Human rights awareness-raising for the youth in Hong Kong focusing on discrimination, the need for anti-discimination legislation, and its subsequent enforcement.

“Indonesian Youth Workshop on Human Rights”

Center for Indonesian Medical Students Activities (CIMSA)

(February 2003, Jakarta, Indonesia)

Network-building among Indonesian youth on human rights.

“Human Rights, Internet and the Youth”

The Organization for Defense of Victims of Violence (ODVV)

(November 2002, Tehran, Iran)

Study on the use of the internet to seek information about the UN and human rights issues, fundraising, leadership, networking and training modules.

“Enhancing Human Rights Awareness”

The Women’s Organisation to Combat Illiteracy (WOCI)

(February 2003, Amman, Jordan)

Study of human rights instruments especially the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), legal literacy, empowerment and active participation of youth, women’s and children’s health and educational opportunities, and development of skills of youth service providers in facilitating human rights awareness in their local communities.

“National Human Rights Education Workshop”

Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU)

(November 2002, Tokyo, Japan)

Training on empowerment and education of Japanese youth, dialogue, and leadership skills that promote peace.

“Youth Human Rights Workshop”

Sarangbang Group for Human Rights

(January 2003, Seoul, South Korea)

Study session on the concept of human rights using case studies of minorities in Korean society and mock trial.

“National Youth Workshop on Human Rights Education”

Mongolian Youth Development Centre (MYDC)

(December 2002, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

Training on practical skills in addressing human rights issues and implementation of innovative and realistic actions to achieve youth leadership in community development. Network of Mongolian youth established.

“Break the Color Line: Human Rights Workshop”

Malaysian Youth and Students Democratic Movement (DEMA)

(October 2002, New Era College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Training on how to educate the youth on diversity that recognizes diversity in political and cultural traditions of the democratic formations, racism and its underlying economic, political and social effects, and resolution drafting.

“National Human Rights Education Training Workshop”

International Youth Coordination Council of Nepal (IYCC-N)

(November 2002, Kathmandu, Nepal)

Training of trainers on human rights education methodology.

“Rangatahi LEADS (Youth for Leadership, Exchange, Activism, Decentralisation and Self Determination”

The Foundation for Independent Analysis and Training (FIAT)

(October 2002-February 2003, Waitangi, Aotearoa, New Zealand)

This workshop coincided with the Treaty of Waitangi celebration and the annual youth forum which took place at Waitangi, Aotearoa. A youth network (Rangatahi LEADS) was established and the Draft Declaration of Maori Rights adopted.

“Human Development Rights Education and Tolerance Youth Workshop”


(November 2002, Islamabad, Pakistan)

Study session on the psychological barriers hindering the youth from developing their ability to express themselves, empowerment, inter-faith dialogue, and self-discovery through interpersonal developmental skills.

“Strengthening Youth Leadership for a Sustainable Human Rights Advocacy”

Human Rights Youth Action Network (HRYAN)

(October 2002, Manila, Philippines)

Study session on three main themes: human rights trends and developments, conceptualizing human rights, and strengthening youth leadership in human rights advocacy.

“National Youth Human Rights Workshop”

Asia Regional Resource Center for Human Rights Education (ARRC)

(November 2002, Lamphun, Thailand)

Study session on the youth situation in Lamphun, sharing of knowledge of human rights education to the youth of Lamphun, and participation of youth in envisioning the protection and promotion of their human rights.

“Yemenite Global Network of Volunteers for Development”

Yemenite Global Network (YGN)

(August-September 2002, Sanaa, Yemen)

Training on necessary skills for Yemeni volunteers to form self-directed work teams that can plan and execute human development projects in the region, provide education on participation of volunteers including listening, problem-solving, creative thinking, leadership, communication and brainstorming skills.

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“Australian Human Rights Education Workshop”

The Australian Institute of Racism, Murdoch University

(June-August 2003, Murdoch, Australia)

Training of trainers workshop.

“National Youth Workshop on Human Rights Education”

Indian Committee of Youth Organisations (ICYO)

(March 2003, Delhi, India)

Study session on the elimination of racism in Indian societies, human rights principles and recommendations from participants on plan of action for Indian youth.

Final reports of the national workshops will be available on request after April 2003.

For a copy of the progress report of the regional Bangkok Workshop, please write to Tashi Wangdu on or Ryan Silverio on

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