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Rerunning the on-line course THE EU AND HUMAN RIGHTS

After a successful first run with over 8,000 participants from more than 170 countries, the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on The EU and Human Rights, which was created in the context of our FRAME research project, will rerun starting 21 June.

Based on the FRAME project (Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies), a large-scale, collaborative research project funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the KU University Leuven offers a new on-line course on "The EU and Human Rights". The six-weeks MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) is intended for anyone interested in human rights and the EU, human rights law, European law, European Studies, international relations, global governance, etc. Students with elementary knowledge of the EU and the concept of human rights will find it easier to follow the lectures.

The course programme comprises the basics of human rights, placing the EU at the centre of investigation. The course will examine a number of key questions:

  • What factors are key to making the EU a positive or a negative force for human rights? An example is the economic crisis: what impact has it had on people’s human rights in the EU and the world?
  • Which actors, friends or foes, must the EU engage with to successfully promote human rights? Examples include NGOs, businesses, or other international organisations like the Council of Europe or the United Nations.
  • In key policy sectors in which the EU is active, what is on balance the impact of the EU? Examples include trade, development, migration social policy or international crisis management.

All of the course activities aim to improve the participants' understanding of how the EU, alone or in combination with other local or global, state or non-state actors, can better promote and uphold human rights worldwide.

Course start: 21 June 2016
Price: Free!

Registration: Open now!



(25 May, 2016)




(Foto: Adpolis)

Kick-off meeting for ADPOLIS-Project - Antidiscrimination policies successfully implemented

The research project ADPOLIS - Antidiscrimination policies successfully implemented (2016-2018) started with a kick-off meeting in Potsdam on 4-5  February 2016 with our research partners from all over Europe and associate partners European Coalition of Citis against Racism (ECCAR) and UNESCO. 

The project aims at encouraging implementation of successful policies against racial discrimination in European cities by facilitating exchange of experience.  

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The project is co-funded by the European Union (DG Justice, Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme, JUST/2014/RDIS/AG/DISC/8084)

(12 February 2016)

(Photos: Möstl/ETC Graz)

Successful Forum on Human Rights Implementation “Focusing on Human Rights” held in Graz on May 28/29, 2015

More than 100 participants, Congress members, politicians, civil servants, academics, collaborators of civil society organisations, from 25 European countries attended the Forum Focusing on Human Rights of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the Federal State of Styria, the City of Graz and the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. The Forum was opened by the Congress’ President Jean-Claude Frécon, the Mayor of Graz, Siegfried Nagl and by the Regional Minister for Finance, Women and Integration, Bettina Vollath. All speakers underlined the role of regional and local authorities in the protection and promotion of human rights and stressed that a human rights policy at the level where authorities are closest to citizens, which ensures social cohesion is most appropriate to prevent radicalization in any form.

Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, in his speech focused on concrete examples of local and regional authorities. He pointed out the effectiveness of contextualized action programmes and specific training for decision-makers. Mayor Ivo Komšić from Sarajevo spanned the bow from local identity politics to multi-level-governance challenges in the delivery of human rights at the local level.


The second day was held in St. Martin as a closed interactive workshop series. Three facilitator tandems, each combining a politician and a human rights expert, moderated workshops for the participants on Identifying human rights issues in local policy-making (Leen Verbeek, King’s Commissioner of Flevoland; Barbara Oomen, Dean of University College Roosevelt), on Exchanging good practices (Lars O. Molin, Councilor of the City of Örebro and Thematic Rapporteur on Human Rights at local and regional level at the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities; Maria Nilsson, Senior Advisor and Human Rights Implementation Expert at Emerga Research and Consulting), and on Designing human rights policies (Bettina Vollath, Regional Minister for Finance, Women and Integration in Styria; Klaus Starl, Secretary General of the ETC). The results of the workshops were presented as Points for the future Agenda, right after President Frécon presented the Graz Declaration on the Implementation of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Level (DT/EN/FR), reaffirming the respective resolutions of the Congress. Helmut Tichy, Director of the International Law department of the Austrian Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, closed the Forum with concluding remarks from the national level’s viewpoint.

The two-day Forum met all expectations as confirmed by the organisers, representatives and participants. It gave an excellent opportunity for exchange and mutual motivation and promoted the application of implementation tools and methods for human rights based approaches for programming at the local and regional level.

Workshop summaries...

Some impressions...



Congress of Local and Regional Authorities...

Province of Styria...

City of Graz...


Article on the website of the Austrian Ombudsman Board...

(25 June, 2015)



TAKE PART IN OUR SURVEY - Toolkit for Equality

The European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR) kindly invites you to participate in a survey, which is part of the project "Toolkit for Equality: the Local Level".

In order to answer all the questions, you will need:

  • An overview over your city's activities and policies against racial discrimination in diverse areas of activities/departments.
  • Somewhat detailed information on one to three policies of your choice, which proved effective against racial discrimination or in promoting equality of members of ethnic minorities.
  • If available, data on the number of complaints concerning racial discrimination in 2012 and 2013.

The goal of the project is to provide a toolkit that draws on European cities' most successful experiences with policies against racial discrimination. ECCAR thus intends to support all cities in the further implementation of effective anti-discrimination policies.

To achieve this goal, ECCAR relies on your expertise and kindly invites you to share your city's expertise on policies against racial discrimination and to present the policies that proved particularly effective in your city.

All information provided will be treated as confidential and no personal information will be asked. We however may ask you to name your city as we might contact cities experienced in especially promising policies for further information.

Toolkit for Equality is financed by the Open Society Foundation, the European Coalition of Cities against Racism and by Member Cities with an in-Kind contribution by the ETC Graz.

(3 September 2014)

Click on the following link to access the survey:

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