2011 Minorities Fellowship Programme

Photo: Mauricio Delfin
Photo: Mauricio Delfin

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

21 November - 09 December 2011, Geneva, Switzerland


Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Project details

The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) was launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2005.

The MFP is held annually and currently has two linguistic versions: The English language programme has been running since 2005 and the Arabic language programme started in 2007. The Arabic language component began as a two-week pilot and gradually expanded to five weeks in 2011. The duration of the programmes varied until 2011, when both programmes were decided to last 5 weeks and coincide with the session of the Forum on Minority Issues.

Through the MFP, the OHCHR aims to give persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities an opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with international human rights in general and minority rights in particular. The MFP is intended to assist organizations and communities in protecting and promoting the rights of minorities the fellows belong to.

The Fellows are based at the OHCHR Geneva, Switzerland. The MFP is interactive and consists of briefings on several topics (e.g. the UN system, OHCHR work, human rights mechanisms and instruments), fellows also undertake individual and group assignments.

At the end of the MFP, the fellows should have a general knowledge of the United Nations system, international human rights instruments and mechanisms in general and those relevant to minorities in particular and be capable of further training their communities/organizations.

For this year’s programme we are looking for the following simultaneous interpreters:

  • English to Russian (and vice versa)
  • English to Arabic (and vice versa)

If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please submit your CV as soon as possible to volunteer@icvolunteers.org and, if you haven’t already, please register here: http://www.icvolunteers.org/register

If you have any questions you may call us at +41 22 800 14 36.

Further information about the Indigenous Fellowship Programme: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Minorities/Pages/Fellowship.aspx

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