The idea of establishing an Institute for Human Rights and Peace in Caen goes back to 1995. The Law Faculty of the University of Caen Basse-Normandie, the Memorial for Peace and the Caen Bar Association were then discussing this possibility, which was put on hold at that time… Only in 2006 will this idea be reactivated. Under the impetus of the Regional Council, the principle of the creation of the Institute was adopted by the Lower-Normandy Region, the City of Caen, the University of Caen Lower-Normandy, the Caen Bar Association and the Memorial for Peace.
After some time of preparation, the International Institute for Human Rights and Peace (2IDHP) was thus created on 16 December 2008. The goal of this French law non-profit is to give strong impetus to the promotion of Human Rights and Peace from Caen and the Norman territory. The Institute tries to be apolitical and independent, and wishes to be the meeting point of the actions of civil society, the thoughts of the academic world and the initiatives of public authorities.
As a non-profit, 2IDHP is a flexible and reactive instrument, ready to adapt to its members’ wishes and to the evolutions of the world. Peace and Human Rights are therefore two themes which have, for a long time, found good practice/encountered positive answers in Caen, a martyr city. The creation of the Memorial for Peace as well as the organization of an international pleading competition can witness this.
A local base for an international presence:
Numerous events are dedicated to the youth. Thanks to their involvement, the members of the Institute are thus highlighted, at a national but also international level.
The Lower-Normandy Region, the City of Caen, the University of Caen Lower-Normandy, the Caen Bar Association as well as the Memorial for Peace have decided to combine their efforts throughout the Institute in order to go even further toward the promotion and defense of human rights and peace. As founding members, they are the guarantors of the humanistic values which are running the Institute. Their diversity is a witness of the independence of action and of analysis of the International Institute for Human Rights and Peace.
The activities of the Institute are very diverse, but its task to promote human rights and peace is based on 3 main themes: to raise awareness, to create reflection and to offer training.