Human Rights Challenges

According to the 2019 Universal Periodic Review from United Nations, the human rights challenges in Portugal relate to, among others:

  • Racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, hate speech, and the spread of racism and stereotypes, specially within Roma, migrants, Muslims and African descent;
  • Domestic violence, investigation of cases and access to justice;
  • Overcrowding prisons, adequate sanitary and health conditions in prisons;
  • Appropriate punishment for police and prison guards regarding ill-treatment and abuse;
  • Wage gap between woman and man pay for equal work, high unemployment rate;
  • Access to sexual and reproductive health;
  • Access to education within ethnic minorities;
  • Immigration-related detention of children, free access to education, health and social services.

Read more here.

Human Rights Academy's projects

The Human Rights Academy has been working in Portugal since 2014.

Democracy for young people in Portugal (2019-2021)

  • Aim: Develop active citizenship and strengthen democracy in Portugal.
      • Activities: Teaching materials will be developed, and teachers and course leaders will receive training. Workshops, seminars and school campaigns must be organized.
      • Partners: Associação Mais Cidadania ("More Citizenship") and Confederação Portuguesa de Voluntariado ("Association of Volunteers").
      • Funding: EEA Grant.
      • Read more: Democracy for youth people in Portugal.
      • Toolkit:“Connected with #citizenship.”

Seminar on Children's Rights (2016)

  • Aim: Discuss on how to teach human rights to children.
  • Activities: Human Rights Academy (MRA) organized a three-day seminar in Lisbon for psychologists, teachers and social workers .
  • Partners: ARISCO.
  • Funding: EEA Grant.
  • Read more: Seminar on Children’s rights.

We Stand for Human Rights! (2014)

  • Aim: Stimulate more and better the human rights education in the school system and the Portuguese community.
  • Activities: Organizing courses for a number of target groups, including for disadvantaged youth.
  • Partners: Dinamo and the Teachers College in Lisbon.
  • Funding: EEA Grant.
  • Read more: 

           Dinamo webpage (Portuguese).

           Council of Europe webpage (English).

           Resource for teachers - Compass (English).


Other activities

Norwegian-Portuguese cooperation (2018)

  • Aim: Strengthen cooperation between Norway and the recipient countries.
  • Activities: The conference for Norwegian-Portuguese cooperation was held in Lisbon. More than 200 collaborative projects in many different areas have been completed in Portugal.
  • Partners: ARISCO and Dinamo.
  • Funding: EEA Grant.
  • Read more: Norwegian-Portuguese cooperation.



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