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Centre for Human Rights

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Centre for Human Rights, Department of Political Science, University of Crete
74100 Rethymno
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Public Institution
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General Information: 

The Centre for Human Rights is a research centre of the Department of Political Science of the University of Crete, which was established in 2004 in Rethymno, Crete, Greece. Its main objective is to conduct and support academic research, knowledge and relevant activities in the different aspects of the multidimentional field of human rights.  

Mission and Objectives: 

The Centre for Human Rights of the Department of Political Science of the University of Crete mission and objectives are the following:

1. To study and conduct field research regarding the multidimensional issue of human rights and minority rights.
2. The conduction of empirically and theoretically established on parliamentarism.
3. The consolidation of democratic institutions in the countries of North Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East
4. The Centre alongside his research activity has a distinct educational function. It acts as a "Summer University" to implement Intensive Programmes (IP) targeted at students / female students from all the abovementioned countries and are based on the consolidation processes of collective rights and values.
5. The coverage in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research needs of the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences and other departments of the University of Crete in aspects falling within the centre's activity objectives.
6. The conduction of basic and applied political research
7. The conduction of studies and field research in the field of human rights and the promotion of parliamentarism in the Greek, European and international level.
8. The cooperation with research centres and academic institutions, national, European and international in the field of human rights.
9. The organization of scientific conferences, workshops, seminars, symposia, conferences and other scientific events and publications.
10. The provision of services to individuals.
11. The organization of specialized library and database.

12. The publication of books, studies, yearbooks and practices on issues of human rights

13. To undertake any scientific initiative in order to support and facilitate the research work of the Department.

Main Projects / Activities: 

1. EQUAL: Dimentions of Xenophobia in Greece

2. Absents'  Barometer. NEETs in Greece (Young people aged 15-24 Not in Education, Employment or Training)

3. Intensive Programme: Governance and Security in Europe and the Mediterranean (GOSEM)

4.  Governance, Sustainability and Regional Innovation 

5. Research and Comprehensive Intervention for the social inclusion of a major socially vulnerable group: Psychological profile/ psychopathology, skills’ profile, needs assessment and programmes’ development for training-reskilling and psychological support towards the re-inclusion of «young people not in education, employment of training»

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

The Centre for Human Rights can contribute to the increase of Network's presence in Greece through the conduction of conferences, symposia, research and seminars about the broader aspects of human rights, international development and cooperation. 

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

The AFL Network will provide more space for international cooperation to the Centre for Human Rights and thus will offer lucrative ground for academic reseach conduction.