The Arab Institute for Human Rights (Tunisia) hosted a five days training workshop within the “Youth for Human Rights” distance learning program from the 23rd to the 27th of April 2007. This long-term training program provides an intensive online training course for young human rights defenders in the Arab World in order to increase advocacy and monitoring capacity and is jointly organized by Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Arab Institute for Human Rights (Tunisia) and Human Rights Education Associates (Netherlands and United States).
The 5-day regional workshop held in Tunisia concluded the 3-month distance learning course on human rights advocacy, which started in December 2006. The workshop was attended by 40 participants from all over the Arab world between the age of 18 and 35 years old. A number of well known trainers attended the workshop, as the sessions were divided between: Ahmed Kar’oud (Tunisia), Amina Lemrini (Morocco) Neziha Boudhib (Tunisia) and Mahmoud Kandil (Egypt).
The “Youth for Human Rights” program is the first distance learning program organized in the Arab world and its first part proved to be a success as participants were trained throughout the three months on human rights advocacy and were then able to apply what they have learned during the workshop. Four working groups were established, each handling a specific problem related to human rights, and work plans were elaborated during the workshop, through informal meetings between the members of each working group, in order to design an advocacy plan.
The second part of the distance learning program will start in May as participants will be given three months to elaborate a comprehensive advocacy plan. They will be working collectively within their groups, as each group has divided the tasks and responsibilities of the members during the workshop. The human rights monitoring course will start in September and will be concluded by a training workshop in Cairo in January 2008.
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