Sunday, March 23, 2008

International Conference on Libraries from a Human Rights Perspective- 31 March-2 April. 2008.



International conference on Libraries from a Human Rights Perspective--Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies (RCHRS) in cooperation with IFLA.


Ramallah – Palestine
31 March – 2 April 2008

This conference –organized by RCHRS in cooperation with IFLA- will highlight the importance of achieving human rights related to library work and these rights include:

==freedom of expression,
==freedom of access to information,
==tolerance,
==acceptance of the other,
==respect of diversity and cultural rights.


When examining these rights, it looks very obvious that all of them are direct to library missions and without raising awareness of these rights inside libraries, the latter will not be able to provide services that respect human development needs.

PROGRAM


Day one: opening session and first introductory session on Libraries and Human Rights

Subjects

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Relationship between libraries and human rights
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Violations in human rights in library environment
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Libraries and rights of less advantaged groups
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Women and children rights related to library work
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Minorities and libraries from human rights perspective
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Disabled
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Cultural rights and libraries

Day two: Libraries and freedom of expression, freedom of access to information, academic freedom and libraries/ academic libraries

Subjects

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Freedom of expression/ role of libraries in forming people's opinions
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Freedom of access to information
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Introduction to IFLA/ FAIFE.
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Academic freedom
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Right to information
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Governance and libraries
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E-publishing and right to information
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Freedom of expression in digital age
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Case studies

Day three: libraries and diversity, libraries and tolerance/ acceptance of the other, a closing session.

Subjects

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Diversity and libraries (collections, librarians and thoughts)
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Tolerance in library environment (religious, cultural, political and ideology-based tolerance)
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Acceptance of the other in library environment
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Model libraries for all
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Case studies from other countries
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Case studies in violations and intolerance in library environment

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