Dimanche, Juin 25, 2017

CAMEROON:Far North Civil Society Organizations complete training on Human rights monitoring

CAMEROON:Far North Civil Society Organizations complete training on Human rights monitoring

Maroua 8 march 2017

Maroua 8 march 2017 – Selected staff of Human rights civil society organisations working in the Far North region of Cameroon have completed training on human rights monitoring with a firm resolve to professionalise their activities on the field and produce more credible and reliable reports on violations. During the second phase of the training organized from 7 to 8 March 2017 at the Maroua Mizao Hotel, the United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa focused on the three final stages of the monitoring cycle which were not covered during the initial training in October 2016. This came after an evaluation exercise of the level of appropriation of the knowledge and training offered in October last year.

Ninety eight (94%) of participants present during the initial phase answered present and demonstrated a burning desire to grow their knowledge and further understanding of human rights monitoring after exercising some of the skills acquired in phase one on the field. CAMEROON:Far North Civil Society Organizations complete training on Human rights monitoring

Through highly interactive sessions, presentations and group exercises, the participants demonstrated good understanding of the concepts and methodology in relation to documentation and reporting of human rights violations, corrective action and follow-up, as well as evaluation of monitoring activities. A specific session on advocacy and engagement with authorities enabled the participants to understand the key role that advocacy plays in the quest for change, and most importantly how to carry out advocacy with stakeholders and government interlocutors.

The satisfaction expressed by participants during the final evaluation confirmed the practical, adaptable, friendly nature of the training package as a whole. As an outcome of this training, a platform of Human Rights Civil Society Organisations of the Far North Region has been put in place with Headquarters in Maroua. Its mission is principally to work for the promotion and protection of human rights as a way to support development in the entire region. The platform known as the “Collectif des Organisations des Droits de l’Homme de l’Extrême Nord (COSDHEN) is headed by Mr. Mapaya Souleymane of Association Droits de l’Homme et Démocratie (ASDHD) and has focal points in all the divisions of the region.