In collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the Middle East and North Africa, the Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) organized a training workshop on capacity building and skills preparation for writing shadow reports for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Arab States.
The workshop which took place on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, was aimed at equipping employees of the Federation and other civil society organizations with the necessary skills required to prepare and write reports on the implementation of international human rights conventions ratified by Arab states. It equally exposed them to the United Nations mechanisms in the field of human rights, especially the universal periodic review mechanism, follow up on the performance of Arab governments, monitoring procedures and practices carried out in order to enforce the recommendations of the universal periodic review report, and the presence of discussing the report before submitting it to the Human Rights Council.
Dr. Ahmed Al Hamli, President and Founder of the Arab Federation for Human Rights, stressed the importance of Arab civil society participation in the review process in order to advance the process of promoting and respecting human rights throughout the Arab world. He equally highlighted the importance of training human rights activists and defenders in the writing of reports of NGOs which supplements government national reports. Dr. Al Hamli also pointed out that the purpose of this training workshop is to enhance the knowledge of the AFHR employees and other civil society stakeholders on international human rights mechanisms, writing shadow reports on the human rights situation, the Universal Periodic Review mechanism and the Human Rights Council.
The workshop was facilitated by Nidal al-Jaridi, Deputy Regional Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Participants were trained on legal frameworks and international standards for shadow reporting, data collection, reporting skills, monitoring and follow-up activities established by treaties.
It is worth noting that the United Nations gives special importance to reports submitted by NGOs and considers them complementary to government reports, because they contain information not included in government reports, and the reports usually have credibility and boldness in the proposal for states.
Arab Federation for Human Rights
Geneva, 13 June 2017