Developed over the past few years as a programme on human rights and peace education, the annual winter course on forced migration organised each year by the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG) has come to be recognised in the region of South Asia as one of the most well known educational programmes on issues of rights and justice relating to the victims of forced migration. In the form of a certificate course, certified by the UNHCR and supported by the Government of Finland and the Brookings Institution, the winter course is aimed at scholars and educationists working on the issues of rights and justice relating to the victims of forced migration, functionaries of humanitarian organisations, national human rights institutions, peace studies scholars and activists, and minority rights groups, refugee communities, and womens rights activists. Participants come from all over South Asia, with some more joining from Nigeria, Canada, Finland and the USA. The course attracts a renowned international faculty, and is now recognised by the National Human Rights Commission in India, and several universities along with various grassroots organisations who have collaborated over the years to make it a success.
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