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UPEACE develops new Diploma Programme on “Criminal Investigation, Forensic Evidence Analysis and Human Rights Violations”

 

Tegucigalpa, 18 February 2016. As part of the Program for the Support of Human Rights – a joint initiative between the European Union and the Government of Honduras – the University for Peace was asked to develop a new Diploma for the staff of the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Human Rights of the Public Ministry, with the objective of strengthen the investigation of crimes involving human rights violations.

The Program for the Support of Human Rights is the result of a financing agreement between the Government of Honduras and the European Union, one which seeks to strengthen the national human rights system involving the following institutions: the Ministry of Human Rights, Justice, Governance and Decentralization (CONAPREV) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Human Rights of the Public Ministry.

The objective of this Diploma Programme is to educate Honduran prosecutors in the latest and most innovative strategies and techniques, in addition to providing new practical skills, for solving and managing cases of human rights violations. The Diploma Programme will have a duration of six months and will be divided into two specialization areas: the first will allow participants to develop the theoretical bases for identifying and understanding the various international obligations under the International Law Framework of the Honduran State and how these are incorporated into national legislation; the second will allow participants to develop practical skills for implementing these theories and legal structures within investigative processes on human rights violations.

The Diploma Programme combines face-to-face and distance learning, as well as workshops developed using the latest teaching techniques, all within an environment of the highest academic and professional standards.

On 18 February 2016, this Programme was inaugurated in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, an event presided by Ms. Suyapa Salinas, Cooperation Advisor for the Honduran Delegation of the European Union; Dr. Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Dean for Cooperation Affairs of the University for Peace (UPEACE); and Mr. Rigoberto Cuellar Cruz, Associate Attorney General of Honduras.

 

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