18 September, 2014.
Since its launch in October 2014, the Rights Awareness Programme (RAP) has been working to build human rights awareness across Jamaica by ensuring that persons know their human rights, all 30 of them.
Now, with the online posting of the locally produced RAP ‘Guide to Human Rights’ learning tools, the project is ensuring that more Jamaicans have wider access to information on human rights. The focus is on:
• Jamaica’s legendary leadership role in international human rights in 1962 under its first ambassador to the United Nations, Sir Egerton Richardson
• the 30 universal human rights enshrined in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
• Jamaica’s constitutional human rights modernisation, with the passing of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (Constitutional Amendment) Act of 2011.
The RAP project, through its creation of local content, its islandwide youth workshops and its engagement with social media, aims to ensure that Jamaicans know their 30 rights and the responsibilities that go with them. RAP is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
RAP’s online Human Rights Learning tools can also be found on the project’s website www.rapjamaica.org along with other links.
After completing the training of over 1,000 youth islandwide by December this year, the team will begin working with civil society organisations.