Human Rights Training

The Community Relations Council (CRC) has hosted a training programme on Peace-building and Reconciliation in partnership with the NI Human Rights Commission. The three half-day workshops on human rights and community relations were delivered in May at CRC’s offices to individuals working in the voluntary and community sector.  Certificates were awarded on 29 May to those who completed the training.

Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission, said

“The Commission welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Community Relations Council. Human rights are most powerful when people are empowered to apply them to the issues that affect their everyday lives. We look forward to supporting the training programme to use human rights as a practical tool to promote tolerance, mutual respect and understanding in local communities.”

Delia Close, Member of the Board of the Community Relations Council, said

“The inherent interconnectedness of the principles underlying community relations, human rights and equality are critical in attempting to address structural, social, cultural and political differences and tensions and play a central role in moving towards a more shared and reconciled society. The Community Relations Council thanks the Human Rights Commission for developing and delivering the training. It has been a very productive and enjoyable partnership which I hope will lead to further training within the sector.”  

“We hope that the training has reinforced the fact that good community relations are based on the principle of respect for the inherent dignity of all human beings and how all rights must be implemented in an integrated way and not ‘cherry-picked’ to suit individual needs or demands.”

The course incorporated the 3 main strands of a Human Rights Education training:-
learning about human rights, learning through human rights and learning for human rights. The workshops encouraged learner interaction and inclusion and used group discussion, exercises and relevant case studies.
Participants receiving certificates:
  • Charmain  Jones Rural Community Network
  • Brian  Watson Lower Shankill Community Association
  • Bertie  Atkinson Lower Shankill Community Association
  • Donald  McKay Community Relations Council
  • Marion Jamison React NI
  • Andrea Wiltshaw Resurgam Hillhall
  • Dawn  Moorehead Resurgam Maze
  • Albert  Hewitt UNITE Union
  • Derek Poole LINC
  • Suzanne  Lavery Suffolk Lenadoon Interface Group
  • Ciaran  McLaughlin Suffolk Lenadoon Interface Group