Global Human Rights Defence


The Human Rights Training will be conducted in The Hague, The Netherlands powered by Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) and The Hague Academy. The training is scheduled from the 30th of May 2021 – 2nd of June 2021. Human rights lie at the core of each training course, but the training also brings together a diverse array of subjects relevant to human rights and their integration into diplomacy. The training includes both theoretical and practical components pertaining to Human Rights, its violations and advocacy.


About Program

This Human Rights Training is targeted for human rights activists, defenders or anyone who wants to learn more about:

  • human rights
  • its violations
  • how to file complaints
  • human rights advocacy.

The course is open to everyone and will be delivered online considering the situation of COVID-19. This training will provide the participants with useful and valuable knowledge along with the opportunity for EU/UN networking. They will also learn about media reporting related to Human Rights.

Whoever attends all modules of the training, will be eligible to attend European Union Tour with the institution. For participants who cannot visit the Hague or EU/UN networking due to Covid-19 restriction would be given the opportunity later when the situation relaxes.

All the attendees will receive a professional certificate.

Activities/Course Outline

  • Day 1: Introduction to Human Rights, Conventions and mechanisms
  • Day 2: Human Rights entities, its functionality and human rights violation submission
  • Day 3: ICC and its mechanism
  • Day 4: Media reporting and writing on human rights violations and usage of Human Rights App


Neha Basnet is one of the board members of GHRD. She holds a Master in Development Studies with a specialization in Human Rights from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She has worked with youth and youth-based organizations for many years building young people’s capacities for effective leadership and participation. After her Masters’ studies, she worked as a part-time tutor in the International Centre for Academics and as a freelance research consultant in Nepal and the Netherlands. She also worked as a lecturer at Kathmandu University of Social Sciences. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in youth studies at the University of Groningen and working as a consultant with Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD).

At GHRTV, Ms Basnet supports by providing valuable and timely feedback and editing on the fact-finding cases, reports and news materials to align with the GHRTV guidelines. The fact-finding cases elucidate a situation of human rights concern, which could be allegedly committed by the state or non-state actors. The incidents or events that indicate the human rights violations result in a report by the GHRTV. These reports are evaluated to make them more transparent, accurate and unbiased.

Thaís Ferreira de Souza has a Law Bachelor’s Degree (LLB) from the Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR), Brazil and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights (MA) from the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU), Germany. In her studies, she focused on human rights law and philosophy, criminology and human dignity. She worked as a research assistant at the Research Group ‘Ethics and Human Rights’ of UNIR for over three years. She also worked at the State Court of Justice of Rondônia State in Brazil from 2013 to 2017, initially as a legal clerk and posteriorly as a legal advisor to judges. In 2016 she served as the regional representative of the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Procedural Law in the State of Rondônia, Brazil. In 2020, she worked as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, providing legal advice on issues of international human rights law and international criminal law. Currently, Thaís is a Senior Paralegal at PGMBM in its Amsterdam office, working with extraterritorial cases involving human rights and environmental law.

Abegael Kerns specialized in Political Culture and minored in Globalization and Inequality. Her studies focused largely on democracy, power, and human rights through an interdisciplinary lens; she is versed in philosophy, history, and classical literature. These disciplines influence her understanding of human rights. Abegael has worked with UNICEF, Youth Co:Lab Asia & Pacific (a UNDP-funded initiative), as well as other small organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life of poverty-stricken individuals.

At GHRD, Abegael works in quality check. She looks over the GHRtv website and the content to ensure it is up to the GHRD standards. In addition to this, she proofreads reports, articles, and documentary scripts from the reporters, ensuring that the English and content are both up to standard.

Training Features

Training fee is 150 euros only. The fee typically covers training itself (lectures, and materials provided during the course session).

Date 30th May – 2nd June 2021

Time: This will be sent soon!

Mode: Zoom

Materials: Power-point slides| videos|Pdf files

The applicants will receive the schedule and course content after enrolment in the course. Deadline for application: 30th of April 2021

If you would like to find out more details about the human rights training program or would like to know about the application procedure, please contact us at: or call us at +316498444 85