DILI, 04 october 2023 (TATOLI) – On the occasion of the General Assembly of its over 100 participating universities, on september 22, the Global Campus of Human Rights positively reviewed and unanimously accepted the membership request by the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL).
“This important recognition, achieved four years after the inauguration of the UNTL Human Rights Centre in Dili and nine months after its successful handover, bears high significance in light of the great progress made by the University since 2019, thanks to the GC and EU support,” said in a statement.
In the year marking the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the virtuous path of the UNTL may inspire other emerging universities committed to promoting human rights education for the well-being of the current and future generations.
“We wish to celebrate the UNTL’s accession to the Global Campus with the publication of a short film that showcases the efforts made by the UNTL, GC, and European Union to establish the Human Rights Centre and its learning, training, and research activities. The film is also accompanied by a booklet that reviews the project highlights, also through the personal testimonies of its main protagonists,” said the Statement.
Manfred Nowak, GC Secretary General, has said: “I am deeply convinced that comprehensive human rights education is the key to developing a genuine human rights culture. Thanks to this project, Timor-Leste is today one of the few countries in the world where human rights education is mandatory for all students in all Bachelor programs offered at UNTL. Such a deeply rooted human rights culture will protect the people of Timor-Leste against major human rights violations in the future and will at the same time lay the foundations for sustainable development and lasting peace.”
In addition, Global Campus has supported UNTL in the creation of a new undergraduate course, specifically about human rights in Southeast Asia and East Timor.
The Global Campus of Human Rights is an EU-funded global network of universities for human rights and democracy education.
Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Filomeno Martins