The Arab Federation for Human Rights launched the second phase of its training program entitled “Basic Diploma for Human Rights Leaders” today, March 14th 2017 in Geneva, and will continue till March 16th 2017. This is taking place in the framework of the Federation’s participation in the events of the 34th session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. This Diploma is considered to be the first and most significant training program that leads to building and enhancing abilities in the human rights domain, assembling key actors in the field of human rights, affiliated with official establishments, bodies, as well as those affiliated with non-governmental organizations concerned with human rights in the GCC Region.
On this occasion, Dr. Ahmad Al-Thany Al-Hamly – Head of the Arab Federation for Human Rights – stated that: “this Program comes in the frame of the Federation’s keenness on executing programs related to building and enhancing abilities of human rights workers, activists and civil society representatives as well as many official establishments and bodies, and non-governmental organizations, concerned with human rights in the GCC.” He added that “the Program with its three stages is considered to be one of the most important training programs that aim at building and enhancing abilities in the human rights domain in the region. Through this Program, the Arab Federation for Human Rights works on promoting a human rights culture between all segments and classes of the society, especially among government and civil leaders in the Members States of the GCC. It also aims to establish a deep human rights concepts and to create a host environment for the latters, in a manner that enhances rights and freedoms systems, ensuring humanitarian peace and security, while attaining development, peace and security goals in the Members States of the GCC”.
Dr. Al-Hamly further stated that “this second phase of the Program focuses on introducing participants – through field visits across the city of Geneva – to international mechanisms of human rights such as the Human Rights Council and its role in the human rights domain. Additionally, they will be introduced to comprehensive periodic reviews of human rights and the effect of national reports and parallel reports (shadow reports), the role of the High Commission in handling and dealing with human rights issues on an international spectrum and with various key actors, such as UN bodies, governments, parliaments, international unions, international organizations, lobbies, media outlets, as well as with opinion platforms”.
The Head of the Arab Federation for Human Rights explained that this Program differs from other training programs as it relies on creating human rights calibers – on the regional and international levels – who can demonstrate the expertise and leadership skills necessary to administer the human rights agenda on the Arab regional level. It is to note that these qualified calibers will constitute a realistic starting point to professionally handling and dealing with human rights issues in the Arab Region.
Dr. Al-Hamly underlined the importance of the Program – as it is the first of its kind in the Arab Region – and its significance due to the diversity of the entities overseeing it, with the participation of representatives from the Members States of the GCC. The Program is also unique as it is established based on principles of participation and integration between various key actors in the human rights domain. Participation in this Program includes representatives of governmental bodies and national establishments concerned with human rights in the GCC, in addition to many representatives from the civil society and individuals working in the humanitarian and legal domains. The Program focuses on the importance of such elements away from the stereotypical image based on conflict and disagreement between key actors in the human rights field. The Program is, also, important in regards to its contribution to promote a human rights culture and to actively build and enhance abilities of the youth of the GCC involved in the field of human rights who come together – for the first time – to attend a training program.
Dr. Al-Hamly, also, mentioned that the Arab Federation for Human Rights adopted a structural foundation for the program that is based on the UN’s General Assembly’s Resolution “World Program for Human Rights Education 113/59” – issued in December 2004 – as well as on the first, second and third periodic action plans for the same Resolution for the years 2015-2019. This is in addition to resolutions and conventions that stress on partnership with civil society establishments in the field involved in promoting and enhancing a human rights culture; enhancing and building abilities of those working in the human rights domain; protecting, executing and applying the law; protecting activists and defenders operating in the human rights field, as well as journalists and media personnel.
The Arab Federation for Human Rights launched its 2017 training programs by completing the first phase of the “Basic Diploma for Human Rights Leaders” in the city of Dubai at the end of February 2017, while the third stage/phase will be held in the same city during the coming month of April”.