On Monday 21 October the Institute, in cooperation with the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (www.mnhrc.org.mm), began a two-day training course on Human Rights and the Role of the Media. The course targets commissioners and staff of MNHRC and covers main human rights issues of relevance in the media field. In this introductory phase, the programme aims at bridging the gap between the media and a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), by focusing on how an NHRI can cooperate and work with the media to promote the respect for human rights. Among the presenters are Prof Brian Burdekin, visiting professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Ms. Margie Cook, international consultant on human rights and the media. The training course is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and forms part of a four-year human rights capacity building programme organised by the Institute in cooperation with MNHRC.