African human rights defenders train on effective monitoring

Friday, October 27, 2017

Human rights defenders from across Africa are in The Gambia undergoing a three-day training to consolidate their knowledge and skills on relevant human rights instruments for effective monitoring at the continental and international levels.

The training on international and regional human rights mechanisms, opened on Wednesday, was organised by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, CIVICUS, ISHR, ACHPR and the United Nations Human Rights Council.

 Underway at Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi, the training was held on the margins of the Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the 61st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and 36th African Human Rights Book Fair.

Hannah Forster of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) said the training has special emphasis on the use of the human rights systems and mechanisms available to human rights defenders and advocates.

“This, we believe, will enable us to better understand opportunities available as we engage governments in the fulfillment of their mandates to promote and protect human rights and it will equip us with the knowledge and skills to lobby our governments to domesticate and implement their commitments while assisting participants to frame a strategy as they seek redress for violations of human rights,” said.

 The training was designed to sharpen the knowledge and skills on the procedures for the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa.  It was divided into three main parts: the international and the regional systems and mechanisms for the two days, and freedom of association and assembly, the SDGs, and human rights monitoring.

 The sessions included lectures, discussions, group work and experience sharing, focusing on the evolution of human rights, introduction to the international human rights system and mechanisms to then on to the regional focus. 

Author: Fatou B. Cham