Aug 18, 2015

Change makers of tomorrow gather in The Hague

Change makers of tomorrow gathered in The Hague for UNPO’s 2015 SpeakOut! Human Rights Training

The Hague, 18 August 2015


Approximately 35 participants from countries as diverse as Rwanda, South Africa, Indonesia and Iran, took part in a 3-day human rights training organized by UNPO and held in the International City of Justice, The Hague from 5-7 August 2015.

SpeakOut! consists of comprehensive trainings that draw on the expertise of leading international human rights organizations to give insights into the best practices of networking, advocacy, media, UN mechanisms and financial management necessary to support peaceful civic and political activism in some of the least-free countries in the world today.

The participants – aged between 18 and 45 – were given the opportunity to learn from experienced human rights defenders as well as work alongside professionals on Indigenous Peoples Issues, exchange their personal and professional experiences, and build an international network that can support them, both today and into the future.

Now running in its seventh year, SpeakOut! emerged from the need identified by UNPO to provide training to youth activists from some of the most marginalized communities in the world. Building on the UNPO’s twenty years of experience within the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations and its advocacy at institutions such as the European Parliament and UN, SpeakOut! aims to empower new generations and allow them to pass these skills to their peers.

More information about SpeakOut! is available from the UNPO website:

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The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organization founded in 1991. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.


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