Sana’a: (HRITC: 23/12/2008): The third regional training course on upgrading the qualifications of human rights activists and media in Gulf States and Yemen which is organized by Human Rights Information & Training Center HRITC in cooperation with the Foundation for the Future FFF has continued its activities in Sana’a.
In the coming days, the participant will attend sessions on the role of non-governmental organizations in the disseminating and protecting human rights, and how to set up networks and build regional coalitions, in addition to the mechanisms for the protection of human rights defenders, preparing the governmental and non-governmental reports and the Human Rights Council.
Dr. Nizar Abdul-Kader, the Director of the Geneva Institute for Human Rights in Switzerland praised the training course and its carefully prepared program, adding that the timing of the session is significant as it coincides with celebrations marking the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the tenth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Defenders and the anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, which was adopted in December 10, 2008
* For his part, Mr. Ahmed Karoed, the Regional Director for Amnesty International in Beirut pointed out that the training course comes within the framework of a major program which is carried out by HRITC aiming at disseminating the culture of human rights in the Gulf region and providing the participants with a basic concept on the developments of human rights field.
36 participants are taking part from: (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Yemen) in addition to activists from Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.
The training session comes in the context of a 2-year regional programme on upgrading the qualifications of human rights activists and media in Gulf States and Yemen.
The program aims at promoting awareness on human rights principles and democracy as well as strengthening the role of civil society and media institutions.