July 17, 2009

Don’t miss the Second Session of the Seminar on Civil Rights at FUNGLODE

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Last Wednesday, July 15th, the first session of the seminar “Civil Rights in the Dominican Republic” took place at FUNGLODE, with a presentation given by Mr. Henry Molina, director of the National Judiciary School. It was a great success, attended by more than 65 participants from the United States, Dominican Republic and Haiti, who discussed civil rights and their implementation for citizens and immigrants residing in the Dominican Republic.

During this first session of the seminar, Mr. Molina impressed the audience, covering topics including: the difference between natural rights and civil rights, the commitments that international law creates and the responsibilities and challenges of governments to apply them correctly. This established the theoretical basis for attendees to meet and discuss fundamental rights: what they are, how they operate and how they are interpreted and incorporated in each participant’s country. According to Henry Molina, “It is essential that there be a recognition by every human being in the Dominican Republic, by each institution, that there is a set of rights that should be in the hands of every constitution and in the hands of each law in the Dominican Republic to enforce them day to day.”

The Participants as the Presenters
In the next session, which will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd, participants will be responsible for presenting and discussing the following topics: Women’s Rights, the American Convention on Human Rights, Children’s Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Rights of the Youth. The seminar is very interactive and allows participants to think critically about the access to these essential rights in each of their respective countries and to discuss their internationalization.

About the instructor
Henry Molina holds the position of Director of the National Judiciary School of the Dominican Republic and Project Coordinator E-justice, justice in the knowledge society of the Ibero-American Judicial Summit. Also, he is a Professor of Constitutional Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE).

To Participate, people interested send email to:
intern@interdominternships.org (Judith Calabria)