Report submitted by the Ivory Coast

The national report states that conceiving, planning and implementing Human Rights Education programs is the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (MJDH), which has structures for the promotion and protection of human rights. In particular, there is a regular audit process of the legislation, the publication of a free newspaper called «Mes Droits» ("My Rights"), which is printed in over 5 000 copies in order to inform and educate the population on human rights and fundamental freedoms. This specific structures also oversee the creation, follow-up and management of about one thousand human rights clubs in cooperation with NGOs and ONUCI.

The document deals with Human Rights Education on a few occasions.

In the chapter dedicated to the protection of women's rights (p.16) : « As regards awareness-raising and public education, since 1995 the Ministry of the Family, Women and Social Affairs (MFFAS) has been conducting education campaigns about the law in urban, peri-urban and rural areas, and on international days has organized training sessions on the basic concepts of the rights of women, families and children. Between 1995 and 2000 a Ministry-run advice and information centre handled 2,350 cases of marital problems, abandoned women, widows, teenage mothers and pregnant adolescents.

Within the prospects, in the chapter on consolidation of the rule of law and the campaign against impunity (p.20), Human Rights Education gets a special focus. «Human rights education will help citizens to familiarize themselves with the international legal instruments on human rights, and to gain a sound understanding of the values which underpin them. It will also contribute in the long term to preventing attacks on human rights and building a just society upholding respect for the dignity and equality of all citizens.» 

Point 4 on economic, social and cultural rights (p.15) is devoted to the right to education and training. 

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