Report of the interview with Lycée St Paul St Georges and CIPADH

NEW RELEASES – On Tuesday the 30th of August 2016, a group of students from Lycée St Paul St Georges (Vannes, France), along with their teacher, came to the CIPADH offices to hold an interview with Mlle Sonia Rodriguez, Projects Coordinator of the NGO.


The CIPADH had previously collaborated with the Lycée St Paul St Georges, as part of a project on human rights organised by the school. Two members of the team of CIPADH travelled to Vannes, in Brittany, in order to organise a debate and a course on human rights for the students of the Lycée St Paul.
As part of CIPADH’s mission, this educative project not only enriched the academic curriculum of the students, but also aimed at helping them to become more aware of the importance of human rights in a wider sense.
The collaboration between the CIPADH and the school didn’t finish with the experience in France. The final aim consisted in the creation of a documentary on human rights called “Un cocon sur un fil”, to be shown at the school, in Vannes and, potentially, in Paris.

Thus, an interview with team members of CIPADH was scheduled for August 2016 and yesterday it was carried out in our offices.
Mlle Rodriguez was interviewed on human rights matters, specifically on peacebuilding and peacekeeping. After explaining the meaning of these incredibly relevant concepts in the human rights realm, Mlle Rodriguez was asked about the specific idea of asymmetrical conflict and explained the importance of such ideas in a human rights perspective.

The exact questions that were tackled in the interview were:
-    Can you explain the meaning of peacebuilding and peacekeeping?
-    Can you give us a brief presentation of the operations of peacekeeping currently happening in the world and a short historical background of such operations?
-    Can we build peace through military operations?
-    What are the boundaries of military action aimed at stopping conflicts?
-    Is the budget used for peacekeeping operations enough?
-    Do the United Nations have flexible enough means to prevent conflict and maintain peace? Are they relevant?
-    What is the military response to conflicts defined as ‘asymmetrical’?

Ultimately, the documentary should be the coronation of the collaboration between the CIPADH and the Lycée St Paul. The educative project aimed at raising awareness among the students and make them part of a culture of human rights that should be addressed more often in schools.

MR – Research Assistant at CIPADH