Network Name:   AUN Human Rights Education Network
Short Name :   AUN-HRE
Secretariat :   Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University
Objectives :   - Strengthen the network of experts and scholars in the area of human rights studies
- Enhance capacity of AUN Member Universities in developing curricular/ programme/ course in human rights and related field
- Raise human rights awareness and enhance regional cooperation that will lead to better protection
- Promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms
Highlights :   The draft of general course on human rights studies is available to download. In the near future, the web-based pooling of human rights teaching materials, joint lecture and related data on human rights studies will be developed.

AUN Human Rights Education Network was established in 2010. AUN-HRE determines to strengthen existing cooperation and enhance human rights education for ASEAN people.

Southeast Asian human rights and peace academics have been contributing to the movement of upholding core principles of universality, equality and non-discrimination through study programmes, publications, capacity building training and research. The situation of human rights and peace in Southeast Asia/ASEAN has been gradually improving over the past decades, despite ongoing conflicts and challenges. For the past years, The Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN) and the ASEAN University Network-Human Rights Education Theme (AUN-HRE) have both been working towards improving human rights and peace in Southeast Asia through higher education.


The ratification of ASEAN Charter particularly in addressing the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms for ASEAN people is an essential factor driven the initiative and development of human rights education and human rights studies within the region. This leads to the establishment of ASEAN University Network – Human Rights Education Network (AUN-HRE).

AUN-HRE’s first Meeting was held in February 2010 in Mahidol University, Thailand. Key topics being discussed were the future collaboration of the network. The following proposed activities were agreed by the Meeting:

  • Stock taking: compiling different types of data to be put on the website.
  • Web-based resources: pooling of experts data, course outlines, suggested readings and teaching materials.
  • Faculty and Student Exchange Programmes: research exchange programmes, teacher training, human rights youth camp.


2010 :
The 2nd AUN-HRE was held in October 2010, Bangkok. The Meeting concluded with a draft on essential components of general human rights courses to be offered to ASEAN universities with alternative levels of participation by each particular university.

2013 :

The report “The Mapping and Analysis of Human Rights and Peace Education in SEA” was officially launched on 22 November 2013 at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.
The AUN-HRE Secretariat, network members, and invited ASEAN experts had conducted the research on current human rights and peace studies in Southeast Asia by the support of Open Society Foundations. This is the first academic baseline data in human rights and peach education that benefits educators and policy makers to further promote human rights and peace education in ASEAN.

2015 :
In February 2015, AUN-HRE and SEAHRN, with the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), launched a multi-year program called Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Research and Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA). The program has four components -- Research; Education; Capacity- building and Outreach; and Publications. The Education component of the program is funded by the Norwegian Center of Human Rights (NCHR). The strategy in implementing the program is to directly involve and engage universities in Southeast Asian countries to play a more significant role in promoting human rights and peace by contributing research, and by increasing the knowledge of human rights and peace through incorporating human rights and peace into university education. Presently SHAPE-SEA parnters with 30 AUN-HRE member universities and 22 SEAHRN members in ten Southeast Asian countries.

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