Public officials get an insight of human rights

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- About 30 officials from six West African French-speaking countries Monday began a two-week workshop on human rights and democracy.
Organised by the National University of Benin, the workshop aims at retraining public officials, notably teachers, lawyers, judges, security officers and journalists among others, said Victor Tokpanou, scientific secretary of the UNESCO chair of human rights and democracy at the university.
"This activity complements the curriculum of the postgraduate certificate through a short training course for in- service officials who cannot take regular degree courses", he explained.
Meanwhile, Benin's minister of higher education and scientific research, Dorothee Sossa, has underscored the importance of the training saying it enables various social stakeholders in African countries to learn about human rights and democracy.
The workshop participants, drawn from Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo, will compare notes about the subject through country presentations.
They will focus on the general theory of civil and political rights, human rights protection, the African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights, the universality of human rights, women and children's cultural rights, the sovereignty of States and international criminal law.
The UNESCO chair of human rights and democracy was set up at the University of Benin to contribute to entrenching the rule of law and democracy in Africa in general and in Benin in particular.

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