APPEAR Workshop at the 7th Austrian Development Conference: Socio-ecological transformations now!

APPEAR Workshop “Human Rights Education at universities and in civil society – examples from the University of Graz, Addis Ababa University and Amnesty International Austria”


  • Elshaday Woldeyesus (Addis Ababa University, Center for Human Rights)
  • Daniela Schier (Amnesty International Austria)
  • Stefan Salomon (University of Graz, Institute of International Law and International Relations)

Facilitated by Elke Stinnig (OeAD, APPEAR Office).


Article 1 of the Human Rights Declaration begins with “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”. On the international level the human rights standards have been set down in different agreements. Providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels for example has also been set down in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 16). Legal certainty, the guarantee of human rights and human rights education are an important basis for development and social change processes. National governments have at least theoretically committed themselves to observing them. But what possibilities do we have if this does not happen, for example in authoritarian countries such as Ethiopia? What importance does human rights education have for socio-ecological transformations? Which are the underlying values and standards? Which knowledge and which skills are required to implement them in everyday life and in politics? The aim of the workshop is to show and work out, on the basis of contributions from the university and civil society context as well as participants’ experiences and inputs, scopes of action together.

The APPEAR Projekt AAPLHRE, is a cooperation between the Addis Ababa University, the Ethiopian Civil Service University and the Karl-Franzens University Graz on “Legal and Human Rights Education“ at Ethiopian higher education institutions. Stefan Salomon and Elshaday Kifle Woldeyesus will present the project, research results and the situation in Ethiopia. Daniela Schier will present the work of Amnesty International Austria with regard to making the Austrian civil society aware of human rights. The workshop takes place within the framework of the 7th Austrian Development Conference : Socio-ecological transformations now!

Registration to the conference (early bird fee until 30 September 2017)

18. November 2017 14:30 to 16:30 Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz APPEAR Export Event as iCal