A great culmination of efforts, the Institute in collaboration with the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab region and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sudan, carefully designed a training program focused on cultivating a strong group of human right defenders, to carry out their work effectively in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
The regional training course presented a valuable opportunity for the Institute to get acquainted with an elite group of defenders with whom a variety of issues and challenges related to human rights protection mechanisms that have been an important topic of discussion for the Institute were invoked.
The training program, that took place between the 7th of September and the 10th of September, provided a variety of key topics and concepts related to human rights protection mechanisms and encouraged exchange of dialogue. The enthusiasm and active participation during the training program, including the punctuality and determination of participants made it abundantly clear that the work being done by the Institute, in addition to the cooperation with the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, successfully contributes to the promotion of a thriving culture of human rights within the region.
The graduation of this batch of human rights defenders and women human rights defenders in such a short period of time is a great achievement for the Geneva Institute for Human Rights and a great source of pride. The Institute aspires to continue training activists with hopes that they will be able to determine human rights needs and gaps in legal, policy and national frameworks, effectively protecting human rights at a national level.
Furthermore, the completion of the first regional course in the name of Dr. Amin Mekki Medani has affirmed the Institutes commitment to promoting citizen participation in governance, the values of human rights, fundamental freedoms and ensuring the reduction of inequalities, as advocated by the late Dr. Amin.
We are confident that this group of activists will continue to play an effective role in promoting the protection of human rights. We wish them success in their future endeavors and hope that the Civil Society in the MENA region becomes a model reference in its independence, advocacy against discrimination and observance of international human rights standards.
To conclude, the Geneva Institute for Human Rights would like to take this moment to present it’s utmost gratitude to the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab region and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sudan, and the wonderful training staff who contributed to the successful completion of this first regional training course.