Workshop on Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy in Najaf

The UNAMI Human Rights Office and the Iraqi NGO Cultural Humanitarian Iraq of Future Organization (CHIFO) organized a workshop on human rights monitoring and advocacy in Najaf city on 4-5 February 2013. Funded by UNAMI through its Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) programme, the workshop brought together around 30 civil society representatives from Najaf, Kufa and Diwaniya governorate and focused on reviewing the international covenants as well as the national legal framework.


The first presentation, delivered by the Human Rights Office, was titled ‘International Human Rights / Foundation and History’ and included an overview of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The second presentation, by CHIFO, included a brief on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women. 


The rights of citizens under the national legal framework were the subject of the third session, which consisted of a detailed presentation and an open discussion. The participants learned about the national laws that guarantee and protect human rights in Iraq, and then discussed the obstacles that prevent the application of some of these legal provisions in practice.


In another session, the participants learned about the different steps to take in monitoring human rights and practiced how to conduct interviews with victims of human rights violations. They discussed the main objectives of human rights advocacy and were given an overview of different advocacy tools, such as letter-writing and postcard campaigns, the use of media to spread messages, and the role of social media in the promotion and protection of human rights.


The Najaf Provincial Council and the Deputy Governor of Najaf Governorate attended the closing session of the workshop and awarded certificates to the participants along with the Director of the Ministry of Human Rights in Najaf.

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