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An award for Human Rights: at Expo the prize awarded by the Legislative Assembly

The René Cassin prize was awarded to three young graduates: three working scholarships of 10,000 euro for a 10-month experience abroad in the sector of international development and cooperation

Caterina Assenti, 29 years old. Elisa Cassoni, 26 years old, from Osimo (AN). Elena D'Anna, 25 years old, originally from Palermo: three graduates who obtained their degree in Bologna and winners of the XIII edition of the René Cassin Award established by the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia-Romagna Region for those who have newly graduated from universities in Emilia Romagna (or universities elsewhere, as long as they are resident in Emilia-Romagna) with a thesis on human rights. The award ceremony took place at Expo Milano 2015, in the KIP Pavilion, in the presence of the chairperson of the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Simonetta Saliera, and the president of the Kip International School, Luciano Carrino.

Training and work

The winners were assigned three working scholarships of the value of 10,000 euro each, as a contribution towards a practical traineeship of 10 months abroad carried out as part of one of the initiatives promoted under the Universitas Programme launched by the KIP International School (the International School of Knowledge, Innovations, Policies and Territorial Practices for the United Nations Millennium Platform).

The Award

The award ceremony at Expo was also an opportunity to take stock of the René Cassin Award, established almost twenty years ago by what was then known as the Regional Council of Emilia-Romagna.

"The objective of the award dedicated to the father of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968 – the chairperson of the Legislative Assembly, Simonetta Saliera, reminded those present – was initially to incentivise the introduction of teaching about human rights in Italian universities, starting indeed from the Emilia-Romagna region. The Award was also a tool for helping to raise a large pool of young experts, capable of contributing to the policies designed to protect and educate people about human rights and development by offering on-the-field work experiences".

In twenty years, the legislative Assembly has assigned over 60 prizes, in the form of scholarships and traineeships.


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Published Oct 23, 2015 — last modified Nov 03, 2015

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