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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Opportunities in Minority Rights

Opportunities in minority rights are being offered by Minority Rights Group International and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Minority Rights Group International: Training on minority rights advocacy in Asia

Are you a human rights defender working on minority rights issues in Asia? Are you looking to increase your advocacy skills and learn more about minority rights?

If so, then apply for Minority Rights Group’s online training on minority rights advocacy, which begins 20 February 2012.

The online course runs for 12 weeks, and you are expected to spend about three hours a week on the course. An online tutor will be available to help you with the learning process. Participants may get more opportunities to attend regional trainings and other follow-up activities.

To apply, you must already be working on human rights in one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, or Vietnam. We are also looking for participants who have been working or volunteering for an organization working on minority rights for at least two years.

Please see the attached application form for more details. Complete and return to gapasia@mrgmail.org by Sunday 12 February 2012. A recommendation letter from your organization is also required.

OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme

The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) was launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2005.

The MFP is held annually and currently has two linguistic versions: The English language programme has been running since 2005 and the Arabic language programme started in 2007. The Arabic language component began as a two-week pilot and gradually expanded to five weeks in 2011. The duration of the programmes varied until 2011, when both programmes were decided to last 5 weeks and coincide with the session of the Forum on Minority Issues.

Through the MFP, the OHCHR aims to give persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities an opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with international human rights in general and minority rights in particular. The MFP is intended to assist organizations and communities in protecting and promoting the rights of minorities the fellows belong to.

The Fellows are based at the OHCHR Geneva, Switzerland. The MFP is interactive and consists of briefings on several topics (e.g. the UN system, OHCHR work, human rights mechanisms and instruments), fellows also undertake individual and group assignments.

At the end of the MFP, the fellows should have a general knowledge of the United Nations system, international human rights instruments and mechanisms in general and those relevant to minorities in particular and be capable of further training their communities/organizations.

Fellows are entitled to the following: a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva; basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme; a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.

The candidate must belong to a national, ethnic, linguistic or religious minority group (persons who do not belong to a minority group will not be taken into consideration, even if they have close links with minority communities and/or organizations).

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