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Zimbabwe Youth Attend U.N Human Rights Workshops

  • Tatenda Gumbo

FILE - Independent investigator on war crimes in Syria Paulo Pinheiro addresses U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, March 17, 2015.

FILE - Independent investigator on war crimes in Syria Paulo Pinheiro addresses U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, March 17, 2015.

Two Zimbabweans Bernard Bebe and Hlengisile Jiyane of the Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA), who are currently attending human rights workshops in Geneva, Switzerland, say human rights training on international issues has been enlightening.

Bebe and Jiyane, who are representing Zimbabwe, are among representatives of other nations undergoing training on U.N structures and human rights instruments, and related implementing mechanisms under the theme “So you want to be the next high commissioner.”

Bernard Bebe, a ZUNA youth vice president, told Studio 7 the program which ends later this week, has brought together other young minds from various countries to focus on the human rights challenges and successes in their home countries.

“We are talking, we are having presentations from various special representatives to the U.N, here in Geneva from various countries that are telling us their positions on the human rights position of their respective countries,” said Bebe

The program organized by the World Federation of the United Nations Association, is expected to empower youth in taking a lead role in upholding human rights in their communities and around the world.

The program also seeks to train them on how to conduct effective human rights education and awareness.

Other participants of the program this year include youth from USA, Kenya, Ghana, Sweden, Demark and Togo.

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