Mission: WHINSEC inaugurated the Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD) on June 17, 2016. CHRD’s mission is to develop and teach human rights, democracy, and
ethics to eligible military, law enforcement, and government civilians. The purpose is to sharpen their professional decision-making and competencies in these areas,
and to strengthen a culture of respect for human rights and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. CHRD’s core functions are to develop and teach curriculum,
conduct educational and training programs, implement subject-matter expert exchanges, and provide consultancy services.
WHINSEC’s legislative mandate from Congress to focus on human rights and democracy is over twenty years old and we have complied with the letter and the spirit of the
law. CHRD develops and conducts education and training of the congressionally mandated topics of international human rights law, rule of law, due process, civilian
control of the military, and the role of the military (or security forces) in a democracy. Although not one of the congressionally mandated topics, aspects of
international humanitarian law (IHL) are also included in accordance with Department of Defense Directives. The first three topics, and IHL, fall under the
responsibility of the CHRD Director, whereas the representative from the Department of State oversees the last two topics. WHINSEC’s Chaplain covers the ethics lessons.
All courses at WHINSEC incorporate a minimum of seven hours of human rights, three hours of democracy, three hours of ethics, and the Field Studies Program (FSP). This
far exceeds the minimum eight hours required by law. No student can graduate without the mandatory classes. Several WHINSEC courses also include the Andersonville Staff
Ride, which analyzes the causes of human rights violations during our civil war, and considers measures to prevent them.
The FSP, managed by a separate section, complements the human rights, democracy, and ethics curriculum with educational visits to the National Center for Civil and
Human Rights, the William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum, the Tubman Museum, as well as other locations. These cultural exchange programs enhance the
learning experience, enrich our students and reinforce our democratic values.
Our staff conducts this education and training through classes, courses, electives, and staff rides, along with other events. Our curriculum is second to none and has
been developed in close coordination with, and the assistance of, law enforcement and military attorneys, human rights non-government organizations, the International
Committee of the Red Cross, the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (at American University’s Washington College of Law), and other leading human rights
advocates. The Department of State representative, with links to the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, ensures
the interagency perspective and compliance with applicable laws and the OAS Charter.
The diverse audience we reach represent a cross section of our neighbors in the hemisphere. Nearly all nationalities, branches of service, ranks, government status,
races, and gender are reflected in our classrooms, both at the Institute as well as in training sessions conducted abroad.
The CHRD team includes talented and dedicated U.S. and partner nation military, law enforcement, and civilian instructors, many of them subject matter expert attorneys,
who combine a passion for human rights and democracy with a love for teaching. Our staff promotes learning in an environment that is inclusive and equitable. We are
pleased with our achievements and take pride in the fact that security forces personnel graduating from the Institute receive high-quality human rights, democracy,
and ethics education and training.
This course integrates human rights instruction topics and methodology. Topics covered include international human rights law, due process
of law, rule of law, and international humanitarian law. Case studies, practical exercise, and discussion questions are used throughout the course. Students will
be evaluated on topics and training methodologies using rubrics and written assessments to include substantive class participation.
Student Profile: Member of a professional security force
Duration: 1 week
Schedule: 2 Iterations: Jul, Aug
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