Defenders of human rights are fighting on multiple fronts in Thailand: Freedom of opinion is restricted and the country is a haven for human trafficking and slavery. Despite government assurances, there is little or no progress.

One reason for the situation is a lack of knowledge of human rights. Many citizens in Thailand have no understanding of what human rights actually are and what they mean in everyday life. Convinced that education is decisive for change, Amnesty International and the Foundation have both developed a handbook that is unprecedented in Thailand: "Human rights for humanity".

The publication explains fundamental principles and raises awareness of human rights values. It also provides examples of how one can disseminate the ideas of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on a practical level.

The publication, written especially for educators, makes an important contribution to human rights education in Thailand. Earlier books on this topic were for academics and scholars. "These academic human rights handbooks generally use difficult words, which practitioners find hard to understand," explained Saksinee Amasiri, coordinator of Amnesty International.

Instead, the Foundation and Amnesty perform the basic work of political education. The book offers guidelines and instructions for activities such as educational roleplays or workshops – for example, participants will slip into the role of a refugee so they can understand the desperate situation of refugees. These convenient tools offer a wealth of material for teachers, activists and youth leaders.

The Foundation is known for conveying challenging subject matter into high-quality yet under-

standable teaching material. The team has already successfully developed games for promoting democracy and freedom, which prompted Amnesty International to cooperate with the Foundation in connection with the creation of the handbook.

The authors of the book followed the idea of Kofi Annan, former General Secretary of the United Nations:

"Human rights education is much more than a lesson at school or a topic to be covered in a single day; it is a process for giving people the tools they need to live a life in safety and dignity."

The handbook "Human rights for humanity" will promote this urgent process in Thailand in the years to come.

Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Education shall be directed to the strengthening of the respect for human rights



The video is used in the human rights educational work.

In Lebanon, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom supports the local partner LOUDER (The Lebanese Organization for Unity and Defending Equal Rights) with human rights education of the police.

Investigations and jointly conducted interviews showed that Lebanese security forces complete training courses on the police code of conduct, but these courses were not suitable for the training of human rights standards and their practical application in everyday police work. If the police are to implement these standards in their daily work, they have to be able to understand them and apply them in actual, real-life situations. When police question a victim or witness, for example, or conduct investigations, they need to be aware of human rights and implement standardized approaches in a respectful and professional manner. Police have to be capable of linking theoretical standards of human rights with the practical

application of those rights.

The Lebanese Organization for Unity
and Defending Equal Rights

This is where the "Rights Keepers" project of the Foundation and its partner LOUDER come into play.

The significance of this project lies in bringing about a shift in awareness and conduct of the Lebanese police. It is a matter of supporting the change process already underway in the organization, from the task of guaranteeing security and order, that is, being a keeper of security, to protecting human rights and becoming a "keeper of rights".

Human rights education at the round table

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