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European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), Venice-Lido
The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is an interdisciplinary centre formed by currently 41 universities from all European Union Member States. It is founded on a commitment to the realisation of the values enshrined in the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, the promotion of high-level inter-disciplinary human rights education, research, training and culture, and a shared global understanding of human rights and democracy.
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The main teaching programme of EIUC is the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA). This intensive one-year advanced master’s programme educates about 90 professionals annually in the field of human rights and democratisation. It is an inter-disciplinary programme that reflects the indivisible links between human rights, democracy, peace and development.

UNESCO and EIUC have been working closely together in the promotion of the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms since the Centre’s foundation in 2002. In particular, UNESCO is a member of the EIUC Advisory Board and has been contributing – since the establishment of the programme in 1997 – actively to the advancement of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation.
In September 2008, UNESCO and EIUC signed a Memorandum of Understanding which identifies priority fields and main forms of their partnership.

Particular attention is paid therein to conducting, promoting and supporting human rights research in order to further elucidate the content of the rights within UNESCO’s competence and to contribute to the development and the implementation of policies by well-informed and well-equipped decision-makers. As the results of the joint efforts of UNESCO and EIUC, important advancements have been made in the clarification of the content of two ‘underdeveloped’ rights; namely the right to take part in cultural life and the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications (REBSP). Furthermore, UNESCO ensures a 6-month internship for at least one of the best E.MA graduates of every year, covered by EIUC.
Website (URL) http://www.eiuc.org/

Keywords human rights, democracy

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