The International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights presents the fifth edition of its International Course on Human Rights: “Memory, Truth, Justice and Democracy. Inheritances and Projections”. The Course will be taught in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese simultaneously

The variety of historical and violent events that societies have suffered at different times and territories pose an essential challenge when it comes to rethinking the updating of the promotion of the defense of human rights. The atrocities, horror, trauma and pain experienced by the victims had to go through a stage of deconstruction in social consciousness so that their experiences were articulated and made sense again in the face of the inescapable reality of each testimony.

From this context, the International Course addresses and raises challenges and opportunities to examine the past and understand our present, to which a definition of new violence based on the individualization of new groups is added, and foresee a future that, although loaded with unknowns, will demand human experiences and mediations in the face of an increasingly inextricable technological advance.

It demands, in the same way, to appreciate the depth of memory as a stimulus, an entry point for public understanding of social causes in the construction of identity.

Through the aforementioned approaches, the course will allow us to recognize different elements of the narratives of the power-building processes, something that we must not ignore in order to deepen the collective memory of the most traumatic aspects of the past and to prevent eventual actions that violate our right to be and believe in the world.

Forty-five years after the civil-military dictatorship in Argentina, and based on the above, the CIPDH-UNESCO calls for participation in the International Course on Human Rights 2021, which will have the following goals:

  1. Analysis and debate of international contexts
  2. Economic, social and cultural impact
  3. Actors, victims, the archive and the witness
  4. Claims for Memory, Truth and Justice by Human Rights organizations.
  5. The course of the dialogues between the previous goals with public policies that gave an answer to these demands: Sites of Memory, Truth Commissions, Reparation Laws, Science and Human Rights, Art and Politics, International Justice and the Trials of Human Rights violations.

In this context, it should not be avoided that in the last biennium the pandemic has brought to light and intensified the most complex aspects expressed in inequality and exclusion of millions of people and in the need to think about alternative orders.

In this sense, the relationship between State-Democracy and Human Rights is being updated, the same as the forms of Memory, Truth and Justice in times of fake news, lawfare and denialism, issues that will also be analyzed in the sessions of this new edition.

Modality: The International Course will be held between November 23 and December 1 and will have an interdisciplinary and comparative view through keynote conferences, thematic panels and book presentations. It will convene prominent national and international specialists, protagonists and politicians such as Baltasar Garzón (Spain), Luis Fondebrider (Argentina), María Luisa Ortíz Rojas (Chile), Pierre Sané (Senegal), Mohammed Ayat (Morocco), Fatou Bensouda (Gambia), Jorge Taiana (Argentina) and Estela de Carlotto (Argentina), among others. It is designed as a multidisciplinary forum for updating and debating studies, research and trends on the defense and promotion of human rights.

It will be organized along four main topics: Memory, Truth, Justice and Democracy in remote format with synchronous and asynchronous round tables.

The International Course on Human Rights will be developed virtually through a web platform. The selected applicants will receive a personalized username and password via email to use throughout the conference. The CIPDH-UNESCO will extend certification when the attendance and participation requirements in the proposed activities are proven.

Links to the opening and closing ceremonies and to the Key Note Lectures:

23-NOV 11 h: Baltasar Garzón

24-NOV 15 h: Dilma Rousseff

01-DIC 11 h: Jorge Taiana

The International Course on Human Rights is a non-fee event.



Application period: August 5 to October 8, 2021
Applications’ evaluation: September 1 to October 15, 2021
Notification of results: October 18 to 22, 2021
Request for additional data to selected candidates: October 18 to 30, 2021
Course web platform opening: November 16
Start of the International Course on Human Rights: November 23