Milestone online training platform on international human rights law launched for judges in Jamaica

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Judges participating in break out groups at the Workshop on International Human Rights Online Training Course for the Jamaican Judiciary for the Presentation of the Online Training Platform last Thursday (11 April)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Judges in Jamaica now have an interactive online platform offering resources and self-paced learning opportunities on international human rights law.

The online platform is sponsored by United Nations Jamaica and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in collaboration with the Judicial Education Institute and the Court Management Services. The platform was launched Thursday (April 11) in Kingston by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes and senior human rights adviser George Abualzulof representing the United Nations resident coordinator to Jamaica.

The Chief Justice noted that “the online training platform on international human rights provides the opportunity to be aware of current and new ways of thinking about human rights and how it applies in different circumstances. It also gives us the opportunity to be aware of what is happening in other parts of the world on this very important issue.”

The UN’s senior human rights adviser described the online platform as “marking a milestone in the development of professional training capacity in the administration of justice,” noting that the UN system in Jamaica started its support to international human rights law dissemination in 2015 with a training seminar for parish court judges.

He said the UN is committed to continuing to support the process led by the Judicial Education Institute to establish the online training and reaffirmed UN Jamaica’s availability to work and contribute collectively to the government of Jamaica-led justice reform.

“It is hoped that these materials enable capacity development over the shortest possible term in the performance and effectiveness of the judicial work, modernising procedures and broadening the perspective of administering justice,” the senior human rights adviser said.

Abualzulof said the UN system sees this latest offering as important as justice furthers the establishment of security, development, democracy, good governance, the rule of law and human rights.

The online training platform offers modular training with an emphasis on international human rights; human rights of persons deprived of liberty; rights to a fair trial; and international human rights law. Judges learn at their own pace in a collegial environment where peers can learn while holding discussions on human rights law and standards.

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