Capacity Development Education

Workshop on Teaching Human Rights Law at University, Yangon

The workshop was held during 25th to 27th July 2016 in Yangon, Myanmar. It brought 30 participants, lecturers and professors of law from all over the country who have the potential and expertise to create legal courses that focus on human rights education at universities. The workshop was sponsored by Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

The workshop consisted of group works, panel discussions and nine presentations that broadly covered the following topics of Human Rights Education.

Opening and Welcome remarks were given by H.E. Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Minister of Education who laid down the importance of Human Rights education in the period of democratization of Myanmar for peace, stability and development. He announced the offering of Human Rights Law courses for students majoring in law and political science at all universities in Myanmar starting from 2016-2017.

The following presentations were made:
Status of Human Rights in Myanmar. Human Rights in the domestic system: constitution and courts: Prof. Dr. Daw Than Nwe, Commissioner of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC)

Key Concepts in Human Rights: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azmi Sharom, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Dr. Mike Hayes, Chair of Education Committee, SHAPE-SEA/IHRP

International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR): Ms. Thi Thanh Hai Nguyen, Vietnamese Institute for Human Rights

Teaching ESCR: Assoc. Prof. Azmi Sharom

People with Disability (PWD): Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Chair of PhD Human Rights Program, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): Ms. Thi Thanh Hai Nguyen, Prof. Dr. Daw Than New

Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): Dr. Mike Hayes, Prof. Dr. Khin Phone Myint Kyu. Law Department, University of Yangon

Protection of Human Rights: Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree, U Nyunt Swe, Commissioner, MNHRC

Panel Discussion: Human Rights Education: The status of HRE at ASEAN universities
– Situations of Academic Freedom in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar

Group work included: Teaching exercises and Curriculum on CEDAW / CRC / PWD