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Applications Now Open for the Matra RoLT Training: “Human Rights and Minorities”

22 January 2019

The NHC is now accepting applications for the Matra Rule of Law Training Programmes of 2019: “Human Rights and Minorities,” to be held 15-24 May 2019.  The programme accepts applicants from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey. The deadline for submitting applications is 3 March, 2019.

The promotion and protection of human rights is inextricably linked to the rule of law. However, despite existing legislation, the protection of vulnerable groups such as ethnic minorities, LGBTI, and women remains problematic. This requires continuous reflection on the importance of human rights in a wide range of policy areas, on the relationship of countries with the European Court of Human Rights, and on the necessity to take EU guidelines and international human rights treaties into account when drawing up policies and legislation.

The Matra Rule of Law Training Programme is designed to strengthen institutional capacity in the field of rule of law within government organisations.  To this end, seven training programmes are offered per year, each introducing the participants to best practices in a wide range of rule of law themes.

Through interactive sessions combining theory, practical skills and study visits, policy advisors, members of the judiciary and other civil servants working in the and justice sectors acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to drive reforms in their home countries. In addition, by taking part in the training programme, participants become part of a large transnational network of alumni, lecturers and relevant government departments in the Netherlands and in the target countries. This network offers a platform for learning, exchange and collaboration.

The Matra Rule of Law Training programme is designed and delivered by Leiden Law School, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, and The Hague Academy for Local Governance. It is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, for a period of four years (2017- 2020).

For more information about these trainings and other Matra Rule of Law training programmes, click here.
For the online application form Human Rights and Minorities click here.