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The second series of workshops on “Human Rights: from theory to practice” for students at Rome’s principal universities (La Sapienza, Tor Vergata, Roma Tre, Luiss, S.Pio V, LUMSA) will be opened by Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi at 15.00 on 13 March. The workshops will take place at the Foreign Ministry in Rome. The initiative began with an initial programme of workshops which ran from October to December 2011 and, in view of its success, is now continuing with the students and participating universities.

Taking part in the opening session for this new “term” will be Minister Elsa Fornero, the Hon. Jean Leonard Touadi of the Chamber of Deputies Foreign Affairs Committee, and numerous representatives of the academic world, the institutions, civil society and the main NGOs operating in the sector. The event is being organised by the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights (CIDU), which is based at the Foreign Ministry, in collaboration with: the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, one of the principal networks of non-governmental organisations working in the sector of the fundamental rights; the Italian office at the European Parliament; and the Euro Med Film Festival. This year the last-named of these organisations will be examining civil commitment and the promotion of the fundamental rights in the Mediterranean region.

The workshops will follow an innovative model. For each set of meetings, speakers will include academics and researchers, politicians, government officials, officials from international organisations, and representatives of NGOs and of civil society and the arts.

Ample space will be devoted to the debate between speakers and students. The programme envisages fortnightly meetings that will address topics such as non-discrimination, immigration, campaigns against violence, the trafficking and exploitation of women and children, the Italian strategy for the integration of the Roma and Sinti communities, and religious freedom in multicultural societies.

Journalists and camera operators interested in following the event are asked to apply for specific accreditation using the online accreditation system. Please complete the interactive form provided in the “Journalists Area” of our website, to which all required documentation can be attached in digital format (letter from their media organisation and note verbale for foreign journalists in Italy). Applications much reach us no later than 13.00 hours of 13 March.

If it is not possible to complete the online accreditation procedure, applications should be sent by fax to the Foreign Ministry’s Press and Institutional Communication Service (fax 06/3691.2122–tel. 06/3691.3432)

Accredited journalists/photographers are asked to use the main entrance to the Ministry, left-hand side, which will be open from 14.30 onwards.

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