Professor Papisca – UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, Democracy and Peace of the University of Padua, talk about Morsolin book and peace right


Professor Papisca – UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, Democracy and Peace of the University of Padua declared his interest about the book “On children’s rights debt – Reconsidering the debates about working and street children in a globalized world”.

He met Cristiano Morsolin on 30 October 2014 in Padua and he “expressed his concern on the violation of child rights in Colombia. So we need that United Nations recognizes the right to peace as an answer to the war in Colombia”.

The Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua has become (the) “University Centre for Human Rights” (Centro di Ateneo per i Diritti Umani) in 2013.

This upgrade of its institutional level rewards the work carried out since 1982 by an academic structure highly specialised in the field of Human Rights – one of the first of this kind in Europe and in the world – that, as the decree claims, “develops institutional activity of strategic importance for the University with reference to some fundamental scopes such as the implementation of the University Statute and of the recommendations of international institutions, the relations with the institutions of the territory, the process of internationalisation and the activity of interdisciplinary education and research”. Besides, the decree observes that the Centre “offers a service of transversal research to the various disciplinary fields, in respect to the principle according to which human rights (civil, political, economic, social, cultural) are interdependent and indivisible”.

The Centre for Human Rights of the University of Padua has been established in 1982, as a response to the recommendations on human rights education, formulated by institutions such as the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.

The Centre promotes activites of research and education and collaborates with other academic institutions, NGOs, governmental and intergovernmental bodies. It provides scientific and organisational support to the Degree Course in “Political science, international relations, human Rights” and to the Master’s Degree Course in “Human Rights and Multi-level Governance”. It supports the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) also promoted by the Centre of Padua in 1997 and is a member of the Association of Human Rights Institutions (AHRI).

The Centre hosts:

– the UNESCO Chair “Human Rights, Democracy and Peace” of the University of Padua, held by professor emeritus Antonio Papisca;

– the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence “Intercultural Dialogue, Human Rights and Multi-level Governance”;

– the Regional Archive “Pace Diritti Umani/Peace Human Rights”, established by the Region of Veneto, one of the main web portals of reference in Italy on the themes of human rights.

The Centre publishes the review Pace diritti umani/Peace human rights (Marsilio Editiori, Venice) and the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights (published in Italian by Marsilio Editori and in English by Peter Lang, Bruxelles).

On March 2012, the UNESCO Chair “Human Rights, Democracy and Peace” of the University of Padua Antonio Papisca and Marco Mascia supported the open letter to United Nations promoted by Cristiano Morsolin about street and working children.



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