A/HRC/RES/16/1

Declares the following:
Article 1
1.
Everyone has the right to know, seek and receive information about all human rights
and fundamental freedoms and should have access to human rights education and training.
2.
Human rights education and training is essential for the promotion of universal
respect for and observance of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, in
accordance with the principles of universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human
rights.
3.
The effective enjoyment of all human rights, in particular the right to education and
access to information, enables access to human rights education and training.
Article 2
1.
Human rights education and training comprises all educational, training,
information, awareness-raising and learning activities aimed at promoting universal respect
for and observance of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and thus contributing to,
inter alia, the prevention of human rights violations and abuses by providing persons with
knowledge, skills and understanding and developing their attitudes and behaviours, to
empower them to contribute to the building and promotion of a universal culture of human
rights.
2.

Human rights education and training encompasses education:

(a)
About human rights, which includes providing knowledge and understanding
of human rights norms and principles, the values that underpin them and the mechanisms
for their protection;
(b)
Through human rights, which includes learning and teaching in a way that
respects the rights of both educators and learners;
(c)
For human rights, which includes empowering persons to enjoy and exercise
their rights and to respect and uphold the rights of others.
Article 3
1.

Human rights education and training is a lifelong process that concerns all ages.

2.
Human rights education and training concerns all parts of society, at all levels,
including preschool, primary, secondary and higher education, taking into account
academic freedom where applicable, and all forms of education, training and learning,
whether in a public or private, formal, informal or non-formal setting. It includes, inter alia,
vocational training, particularly the training of trainers, teachers and State officials,
continuing education, popular education, and public information and awareness activities.
3.
Human rights education and training should use languages and methods suited to
target groups, taking into account their specific needs and conditions.
Article 4
Human rights education and training should be based on the principles of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and relevant treaties and instruments, with a view
to:
(a)
Raising awareness, understanding and acceptance of universal human rights
standards and principles, as well as guarantees at the international, regional and national
levels for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
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