The Geneva Institute for Human Rights (Sudan Office) and the United Nations Human Rights Training and Documentation Centre in cooperation with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Sudan, announces the launching of the first “Amin Mekki” regional training course, on the Mechanisms for the Protection of Human rights, which will be held remotely, over the internet between 7-10 September 2020.
The launch of the first regional training course, named after the recently departed Dr. Amin Mekki Medani (2 February 1939 – 31 August 2018), aspires to continue his remarkable work in the field of defending and promoting human rights.
Dr. Amin Mekki was a prominent Sudanese lawyer and human rights defender, with an extensive history of work in both local and international human rights. He was the President of the Confederation of Sudanese Civil Society, Vice President of Civil Society Initiative, and Former President of the Sudan Human Rights Monitor (SHRM). He served as head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) office in the West Bank and Gaza, Chief of Mission of the OHCHR in Zagreb, Croatia, legal advisor to the Special Representative of the U.N Secretary-General in Iraq as well as Afghanistan, and a Regional Representative for the OHCHR in Beirut, Lebanon.
Furthermore, he worked vigorously towards building a non-violent movement advocating for a strong rule of law, good governance, better human rights protection and democratic participation.
The overarching objective of the training program is to create a thriving culture of human rights and promote the effective participation of non-governmental and governmental organizations concerned with human rights, strengthening their influence and enabling their participation in matters of human rights.
Moreover, there will be a special focus on interacting with national, regional and international human rights protection mechanisms, providing a practical framework aimed at raising the capacities of human rights defenders in order to establish a comprehensive approach to human rights and raise right-holders awareness on their rights.
Training will be held in the Arabic language by a group of experts and trainers in the field of human rights law. Participation in the course is open to individuals and members of NGOS.
Registrations are now open. Closing date is the 9th august.