Message to 10th ICHRE Participants

Professor Sev Ozdowski AM OAM FRSN

This year we are celebrating a milestone in the social movement for human rights education that started with our first conference held in Sydney in 2010 and now marks a decade of dialogue for social harmony, justice and furthering democracy through the growth of human rights education worldwide.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 10th ICHRE at Kathmandu University, Nepal. The theme of this year’s conference being: “Human Rights in Academic Excellence, Technology and Artificial Intelligence”.

The International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) series was established after I completed my term as Australian Human Rights Commissioner. It has grown stronger over the past decade and it now brings together participants from all over the world. It started in Australia but has since been held in South Africa, Poland, Taiwan, USA, Holland, Chile and Canada.

Hosting the ICHRE in Nepal is significant in helping promote, understand and share the experience of human rights culture as Nepal transitions towards democracy. Assembling in Nepal places us in one of the leading countries of South Asia advancing human rights education and offers participants a glimpse into its rich culture, history and heritage.

I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to Kathmandu University for hosting the conference this year and for facilitating the conversation as we work towards solutions for many current human right issues. I thank and commend Western Sydney University for its strong commitment to improving human rights culture, and for its ongoing support of the international human rights education movement.

I trust that this conference will help to grow the human rights movement and encourage further grass roots participation in order to help overcome the immense rights challenges faced in our world today.

Professor Sev Ozdowski AM OAM FRSN
Foundation Convenor & Series Coordinator, International Human Rights Conference Series
Director, Office of Equity and Diversity, Western Sydney University
04 October 2019

Professor John C Mubangizi

Congratulations and best wishes to Kathmandu University and all those involved in organizing the 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE). Having been privileged to host the conference way back in 2012, I am aware of the special significance and responsibility attached to such an honor.

The primary goal of human rights education is to build and strengthen the culture of human rights through the creation of citizens’ awareness of their rights and duties. The ultimate goal is the formation of responsible, committed and caring citizens with sufficiently informed problem awareness and adequate value commitments to be contributors to their own communities, their nation and global society in such a way that human dignity, equality and respect are upheld. It is for that reason that I extend my thanks and support to the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Kathmandu University and his team, the conference organizers, all the partners and sponsors for your contributions to the realization of that goal.

I wish you all the best,

Professor John C Mubangizi
Dean, Faculty of Law
University of the Free State
South Africa

Professor Felisa Tibbitts

I applaud the organization of the 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education Conference (ICHRE), which will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal on 11-12 December.

I am sure that this conference will be a great success and I wish the organizers and attendees a fruitful interchange!

Very truly yours,

Professor Felisa Tibbitts
Co-Coordinator: Peace and Human Rights Education Concentration
International and Comparative Education Program
Teachers College of Columbia University

Professor Mab Huang

In a time when the universality of international human rights standards is facing severe challenges, it is encouraging to learn that Kathmandu University has agreed to host the 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education. My colleagues and I at Chang Fo- Chuan Center for the Study of Human Rights, Soochow University, Taipei, are most thankful to Professors Surya Dhungel and Sev Ozdowski and their staffs for doing such a great job in planning and preparing for the December conference. Four students and I will attend this great gathering. And I am sure it will be a great success.

Professor Mab Huang
Liberal Arts Chair Professor
Founding Editor of Taiwan Human Rights Journal
Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan

Mehmet Kilic

Working for Universal Peace

I would like to extend our congratulations and support to the organization of the 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE), which will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from December 11 to 12, 2019. Human rights, rule of law and democracy are essential elements of sustainable peace and development worldwide. The Journalists and Writers Foundation is proud to be a partner to this important conference that promotes human rights education, capacity development and policy recommendation for positive social change. We trust that this conference will open new doors to understand the value of human rights, the rule of law and democracy enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sincerely yours,

Mehmet Kilic
President, Journalists and Writers Foundation

Professor Leszek Korporowicz


The 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education in Kathmandu is an evident fact of the constant growth and inspiring influence of the Human Rights Education idea as well as social movement created by leaders of the Conference. Accomplishments of the former conferences constitute an fruitful animation process within academic and cultural communities.

I am convinced that the jubilee Conference in Kathmandu will be a next, creative step in understanding, promoting and educational development of the project.

Warm-heartedly yours,

Professor Leszek Korporowicz
Institute of Intercultural Studies
Faculty of International and Political Studies
Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Kyohaire Kay

10th November 2019 - 11-12 Nepal

I wish you a successful deliberation at the 1oth ICHRE. With pleasure I appreciate the efforts of the organizers and the participants for dedicating your valuable time to affect thus conference.

As you deliberate today sharing new and exciting knowledge, I want to wish you an amazing fruitful conference.

Yours Sincerely

Kyohaire Kay
Executive Director
Coalition for Human Rights Education

Ian Hamilton

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Kathmandu University and all those involved in organization of the 10th International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) in Nepal. This year’s ICHRE, like those which came before, has an important role to play in gathering and reinforcing networks of human rights educators from around the world, representing civil society, academia and government gather together.

Equitas was privileged to work with a number of partners to host the 8th ICHRE in Montreal, Canada in 2017. We recognize the challenges in organizing such an international gathering and are delighted to see that the 2019 ICHRE will be taking place in Nepal this year. I also commend Dr. Sev Ozdowski and Western Sydney University for its strong commitment to ensuring the continuity of the ICHRE during the past decade.

As educators, we understand that human rights education is a lifelong learning process for all that requires nurturing and sustained commitment from all of us. It is important, therefore, to take advantage of forums like this one to share good practices and lessons learned so we can ensure that our practice is contributing to a world in which:

  • Positive human rights values are shared and contribute to a sense of common humanity
  • Barriers to meaningful participation are removed so that everyone has an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential
  • Intersecting forms of discrimination and exclusion are understood and addressed
  • Individuals and groups are empowered to take action to claim and defend their own human rights and the rights of others
  • Local leadership capacity emerges to influence decision-makers and hold governments accountable for their actions or inaction in respect of human rights

I wish all the participants and the organizers of the 10th ICHRE a very successful conference.

Ian Hamiltom

Kristina Eberbach

The International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) provides an essential space for mutual learning, collaboration, and networking among human rights educators.

I congratulate the organizers of the 10th annual conference – which will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal on 11-12 December – and all those who have made the effort to participate in such an important event.

I wish you all the best,

Kristina Eberbach
Deputy Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Paul Weller

As a speaker and participant at the 9th International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) which took place in Sydney, Australia, I am very pleased to see that the 10th International Conference is to take place in Kathmandu, Nepal on 11-12 December.

I am sorry that on this occasion I cannot be there in person. But I am sure that, as with previous conferences in this series, this conference will also be a great success and I wish the organizers and attendees all the best for a productive and beneficial time together, and I look forward to seeing its results!

Paul Weller, Cert Ed, MA, MPhil, PhD, DLitt
Professor, Faith and Peaceful Relations Research Group
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations
Coventry University, United Kingdom

Emeritus Professor of the University of Derby, UK and Professor in its Centre for Social, Cultural and Legal Studies
Research Fellow in Religion and Society, Regent’s Park College, Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford
Director of Religion and Belief Research and Training Ltd

Professor Boguslawa Bednarczyk

As a participant in the previous nine IHREC I have a great pleasure to offer my support for the 10th IHREC being hosted by Kathmandu University, Nepal.

Human rights education belongs to all curricula. It underpins and permeates ollr learning at all ages and all levels of knowledge and understanding. It goes to the core of our pańicipation in civil society as students, workers, leaders and citizens. It allows us to speak to the world in a common language.

I hope this Conference will enable you to discuss human rights issues and share your collective educational experience on the subject. I also hope that thanks to this Conference, as with previous very fruitful Conferences since Sidney 201, new possibilities for intemational cooperation will become available, and more efforts will be made to secure human dignity, around the world.

I trust that the Conference will serve to spawn candid conversations about the state of inclusion and human rights in the world today and, more importantly, how best to respond to the challenges that our societies face. In this regard, the Conference could not bę more timely and provide ideas for developing new initiatives, expanding those already existing and enhancing cooperation and partnership at all levels. I would like to appeal to the participants to get involved and participate in global human rights education efforts; the realization of human rights is our common responsibility, and its achievements will depend entirely on the contribution that each and every one of us is willing to make.

I commend Kathmandu University for hosting this year's conference and encourage human rights academics and practitioners to participate in this important exchange of ideas. It is a good opporlunity to reflect how we can advance peace and justice in our societies.

I wish the organizers and all attendees the very best for another successful conference

Professor Boguslawa Bednarczyk
Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Poland
Director of the Interdepartment Human Rights Centre