Workshops session 2012

Fri 2013/03/02
The workshops are meant to help the participants to take into account helpful knowledge and strategies when time comes to integrate the UPR process. The participants were asked to use flip charts to present snapshots of the human rights situation in their countries. Such a crossfonctional exercice highlights the main national actors who are more or less closed to the participants.
UPR’s 2nd cycle gives the opportunty to extend and deepen mobilization through actions which were already initiated during the 1st cycle and to develop functional links and eventual alliances with i) other NGOs (under thematic and/or national coalitions, for instance) and IGOs - if possible - by taking into account political consensus if ever, financial facilities and logistical resources; ii) press bodies across various platforms; iii) interested researchers; iv) diplomats open to exchange and v) public administration as well.
Throughout the workshops, the participants were also invited to identify priorities in their UPR approach as a political process. In addition, one must take into consideration a) opposing contexts (for instance - at an institutional level - suspicion from some authorities against civil society and also - socio-culturally speaking - the lack of knowlede on human rights; b) favourable contexts such as a will to promote human rights education and training that throws all it’s weight on the overall dynamic of the UPR process. Finally, it is a very usefull exercice to set up priorities and to evaluate i) strategic choices, ii) what is at stake, iii) the effectiveness and iv) credibility of the work that has been done.


Awareness and mobilization of the civil society – interventions day 2
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