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In light of the International Day of the Human Rights on December 10th, the first Human Rights Week 2018 is organised between 3rd and 10th December.

The idea of organizing a Human Rights week arose from a cooperation between the Hasselt University international office, and students from the Belgian Student Platform/ Fedactio. Together with students from the International Council, students from the Erasmus Student Network, PXL and organisations such as Amnesty International Hasselt, International Comitee vzw Hasselt we decided to organize a first Human Rights Week dedicated to refugees.

In addition, we would like to honour the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, so come and celebrate our Human Rights during one of our many activities.

Check also the website of one of our partners for more information!

Monday 3 – Tuesday 4 December

In December, Amnesty International's annual writing marathon takes place. Also at Hasselt University, we will contribute to this marathon at the kick-off of the Human Rights Week.

Let’s show the world UHasselt students care about Human Rights too and come write a protest letter at our stand.

  • Location: Agora Campus Diepenbeek
  • Timing: 3-4 December, 10-15h
  • Language: ENG

Not able to make it at Hasselt University? You can also contribute to the writing marathon at the PXL Campus in Vilderstraat 5 from 3-7 December!

(picture by Wouter Missiaen)

Monday 3 December

We kick off the Human Rights Week with a Fair on Human Rights at the Agora in Campus Diepenbeek. Between 11h-13h, various organisations will explain how they support Human Rights. Come visit them and discover about their projects. You might find some interesting cooperation!

  • Location: Agora Campus Diepenbeek
  • Timing: 3 December, 11-13



Monday 10 December

On Monday 10th December, the Human Rights Week will be concluded on the International Day of the Human rights. On this day, we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a breakfast buffet at the Agora in Campus Diepenbeek between 8h00-11h00, organised by Fedaction/ the Belgian Student Platform.

During this breakfast you can listen to testimonials of refugees, 11.11.11 and Scholars at Risk.

In addition, Hasselt University will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Scholars at Risk network. This network advocates for academic freedom and supports threatened scientists worldwide.

  • Location: Agora Campus Diepenbeek
  • Timing: 10 December, 8-11h
  • Price: 5 euro students/staff UHasselt and PXL, 7 euro for externals.

This amount will be donated to Amnesty International and and organisation that supports refugees.

Please register  if you will be joining.

 This breakfast is also part of the "Warmste Week"!

1 December – mid January

Academic freedom is under heavy pressure in many parts of the world. This is a worrying development that requires close cooperation between higher education institutions. UHasselt is a member of the Scholars at Risk (SAR) network. Through this program, scientists are given the opportunity to (temporarily) continue their work or Phd study in a safe environment. The film column on academic freedom shows 'First class', a cinematic portrait (direction: Miles Roston) by the endangered scientist Felix Kaputu. Kaputu was threatened and imprisoned in the Congo after he was accused of belonging to a banned opposition group. Thanks to the Scholars at Risk program, he now has a safe workplace. Students and visitors can take place on the agora in campus Diepenbeek for the film column and watch the 15-minute film.

  • Location: Agora Campus Diepenbeek
  • Timing: December, January
  • Language: ENG

Starting Saturday December 1st, you can visit the art exhibition ”KOPPEN- Diversity in Connection”  by Frieda Bollen.

KOPPEN is a social art project of Frieda Bollen, with which she wants to go beyond the individualism, the anonymity and the intolerance of our society ...giving people an identity in diversity and connectedness. For this project, she started talking with people who surround her ... but also with people with a different history ... people who often forget our society ...prisoners, immigrants, refugees ... 


  • Location: old Justice Building, Havermarkt 10 in Hasselt.
  • Timing: Saturday 1/12, Sunday 2/12: 11- 17h
    Mo-Tue-Wed-Thur-Fri 3-7/12: 13-17h 
    Saturday 8/12, Sunday 9/12: 11-17h

Visiting the exhibition is FREE of charge, and is open for anyone who is interested.

We've asked students of the OKAN classes ("reception class of non native newcomers") to make a drawing about their 'dream future'. We want to motivate them to dream of a bright future, even if the past is a painful memory. We believe that they will get the opportunities they deserve here and that they will be able to build a future. These drawings will be exhibited in the various university buildings of UHasselt during the Human Rights Week.

You can also contribute to the Human Rights Week to show that you care!

Throughout the whole Human Rights Week, you will find a Money Box in the Agora and at parties in Diepenbeek where you can donate money. Every donation, even just a few cents help! Make a small big difference!

Are your pockets really completely empty? Off course we understand! You can also always show you care by participating in the writing marathon of Amnesty on Monday 3 or Tuesday 4 December.

If you would like to volunteer at any of our activities, you can contact the international office.

Sharing is still caring, so if all above are not possible for you, the least you can share the events on social media to help bring Human Rights under the attention of other people too. Thank you in advance for all students, staff members and externals that will contribute to the Human Rights week. You are awesome!

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