Egypt: sharing experiences and knowledge on human rights in fighting crimes
A new agreement signed with UNICRI

Cairo, 22 June 2008. A new cooperation to promote the knowledge and exchange of experiences on human rights has been established within United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the authorities in charge for the implementation of the Human Rights Capacity Building Project (BENAA). UNICRI Director Sandro Calvani and the National coordinator of the BENAA, Ambassador Ahmed Haggag, have signed the accord today in Cairo.

Started in 2007 for the duration of two years, the BENAA is a project promoted in Egypt by a group of international donors (the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands, the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the European Commission, the Embassy of Norway and the Embassy of Sweden) aimed at strengthening the knowledge of human rights in the country.

Since its beginning, the programme has already organised workshops for a large target audience of Human Rights Practitioners such as Legislative, Law Enforcement, Diplomats, NGOs, educational and media personnel, totalling 3.442 participants to date. Women groups and family courts will also participate in the programme. 

Within this framework and in light of past successful experiences in specialised advanced education, UNICRI’s Department of training will organise study tours to the United Nations and Italian Institutions for Egyptian Parliamentarians, Government members, Judges, lawyers, national prosecutors, police officers, teachers, and media personnel.

The study visits will take place at the UN Campus in Turin where the Institute is located and will represent an important occasion to analyse and discuss international conventions on human rights providing participants with a unique insight in the work of the international organisations dealing with human rights. Attendants will also have the opportunity to learn about best practices and case studies concerned with the implementation of human rights laws in Italy, focusing on tribunals and prison regulation. The activity of human rights advocacy groups in Italy will also be presented.

UNICRI Director, Sandro Calvani, stated that “The participation in the joint programme will allow UNICRI to enhance its advanced training to promote the knowledge of human rights in criminal justice. UNICRI intervention will focus on the concrete application of human rights standards and conventions in the fight against organized crime and implementation of United Nations Convention against transnational organized crime. The exchange of experiences between key-actors from different countries and contexts is the key to strengthening global justice within the world today”.

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