The International Institute of Human Rights

Role :
Created in 1959 by René Cassin, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace and the first president of the European Court of Human Rights. This institute organises training sessions each year for legal experts from all over the world, covering topics related to the protection of fundamental rights.

Architectural information :
The so-called "Pères Oblats" building contains the remains of the former Oblats monastery dating from the 17th century, which was moved and rebuilt brick by brick on its current site.

Contact :
2 allée René Cassin
67000 Strasbourg

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    • 16 november 2016

      International Day for Tolerance

    • In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.

      This action followed on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.

      The 2005 World Summit Outcome document (A/RES/60/1) furthered the commitment of Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.
    • 18 november 2016

      Latvia's National Holiday

    • Until the twentieth century Latvia was dominated successively by the Germans, the Poles, the Swedes and the Russians. The country was finally liberated follozing the First Wolrd War.
      Latvia declared its independence on 18 November 1918; this independence, however, only lasted until the Soviets re-occupied Latvia in 1940.
      The lasting Latvian independence was restored on August 21, 1991.
    • 20 november 2016

      Universal Children's Day

    • By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.