[FASL] Awareness of Entitlement of Citizenship and Basic Human Rights

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To what extent does the common bond for the people through the unequal  access of citizenship and human rights privileges, both in precepts and practice, people's loyalties are divided within a society.

This week’s discussion focuses on the entitlement of citizenship and awareness of basic human rights, and the issue of bifurcation of privileges and marginalization in the society. The result is usually tension and contradictions in the public sphere as claims of marginalization, exclusion, and domination among individuals and groups are rife. The consequence is mostly armed conflicts in Africa.

This discussion goes beyond a reinterpretation of the problem of internal conflicts and civil wars in Africa, rather we would like to explore whether or not society can be improved from the perspective of upholding citizenship privileges and best practices in human rights.

What is the role of policy makers on the youth participation in politics, how and what can be done to improve this?Resources include excerpts from Human Rights Quarterly Volume 23, Number 1, February 2001, Citizenship, Rights and the Problem of Conflicts and Civil Wars in Africa by Said Adejumobi.

Our Special guest is Cecilia Tengroth

Cecilia Tengroth is legal advisor to the Swedish Red Cross. Her main focus is on the laws of armed conflict (international humanitarian law). Prior to working at the Swedish Red Cross she has worked at the Swedish National Defense College, Civil Rights Defenders and the Ministry of Defense on two governmental inquiries on international humanitarian law. She has also published several books and articles on international humanitarian law.

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