Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 May 2010

Training of Human Rights Defenders and Non-Governmental Organisations in the African Human Rights System / Monday June 28 – Thursday July 1, 2010

 


 

 

Training of Human Rights Defenders and Non-Governmental Organisations in the African Human Rights System / Monday June 28 – Thursday July 1, 2010

 

 

CAIRO, Egypt, May 31, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — CIHRS will organise and host a training session on the African regional human rights system scheduled for June 28 – July 1, 2010. This session will focus on developing participants’ knowledge of the mechanisms and instruments available within the African human rights system. The goal is to encourage human rights defenders (HRDs) and regional and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to engage with this system more frequently and effectively. Training will include an overview of:

the African system and its place within the international human rights system;

the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights;

the domestic implementation of the Charter through litigation and law reform;

the state periodic reporting system and advocacy opportunities;

ways to engage with the African Commission’s NGO forum;

ways to engage with the African Commission and its special mechanisms;

the communications procedure at the African Commission;

the African Court of Human Rights.

 

Requirements for Applicants

 

The application process will be open to any individual who can demonstrate the value of this training to their work. Applicants will be asked to describe how they intend to use the knowledge gained and the expected benefits for themselves and/or their organisation. Up to ten participants will be accepted and funded for the duration of the training including flights, meals, and accommodation.

 

Logistics

 

The training session will be held in Cairo and will last for four days. CIHRS will contract three independent experts to conduct the training.

 

Draft Curriculum

Overview of the African human rights system and its place within the international human rights system (Day 1);

Rights granted in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Day 1);

Domestic use of the African Charter: litigation and law reform (Day 2);

African reporting system and advocacy (Day 3);

Engaging with the African system: special rapporteurs, field visits, periodic state review, NGO forum, and Ordinary Session of the Commission (Day 3);

Filing a communication before the African Commission: the procedures of seizure, admissibility, and consideration of merits of a case. Follow-up and enforcement. Mock session: how to take a hypothetical case from A-Z (Day 4).

 

SOURCE 

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies


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