Jean Monnet Chair
Two booklets on Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Issues

For young readers and adults

Together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Giegerich Merle Arndt, Annika Blaschke and Nana Pazmann, student assistants of the Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration, Antidiscrimination, Human Rights and Diversity, have produced two booklets (one for young adults and one for children) which are dedicated to the protection of human rights and anti-discrimination law. The project was developed within the framework of the Jean Monnet activities in the period of 2017-2020. The new booklets of the Jean Monnet Chair are mainly addressed to young readers and are intended to serve as a guide for schoolteachers in particular. The booklets were published as special Saar Blueprints (here and here) and the Chairs own Jean-Monnet-Saar Blog.

Human rights play a major role in everyday life and are a basic prerequisite for a functioning coexistence. The booklets therefore deal with issues of human rights protection and anti-discrimination on the international, european and national levels. Both first address the question of what human rights actually are and analyse their characteristics. The booklet for young adults also describes particularities and enforcement mechanisms in the multi-level system (United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, national level). Special attention is drawn to the human rights of refugees. The second focus of both booklets lies on the prohibition of discrimination, especially with regard to the manifold grounds of discrimination. In particular the prohibition of racial discrimination, discrimination on the basis of religion, gender and discrimination against people with disabilities are discussed in more detail. In addition, the booklet for young adults contains a section on the prohibition of discrimination against minorities and on the basis of sexual orientation.

We hope that the brochures will help readers to understand the importance and scope of human rights, and in particular the prohibition of discrimination, and will strengthen their awareness of the common values which create the fundament for our society.