Workshop on monitoring citizenship & human rights violations

Workshop on monitoring citizenship & human rights violations

Workshop on monitoring citizenship & human rights violations

Introduction:

Citizenship League for Citizenship is a voluntary civil gathering working to establish citizenship and its values in Lebanon and the region. One of its main objectives is to deepen knowledge of national identity and its culture and to promote the concept of rights and duties equality between citizens. We also work on the ground to encourage the principle of participation in public life, and monitor citizenship violations, and promote the culture of dialogue and reconciliation between the various components of the society.

Monitoring citizenship violations is one of the most important tasks of the  League and one of its leading programs. We established its Observatory that aims to monitor and document the citizenship violations at all levels, to detect these violations and to contribute to ending such practices.

The objectives of the Observatory are to train the League members as well as civil society activists on the mechanisms of monitoring and documentation, reports writing and publishing, and organizing solidarity and advocacy campaigns.

Within this context, this workshop aimed to provide principal information on international standards and principles used in monitoring. It also aimed to give an overview of International Human Rights Law, and International Humanitarian Law, and to introduce civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, and how to prepare international reports. It also introduced the concept of citizenship and the difference between citizenship rights and human rights, and the link between citizenship rights and the principle of equality.

The workshop was highly successful, from the organizational point of view and the commitment of the participants, as well as the quality of training and materials used in the workshop.

The workshop gained a very good reputation reflected through the enrollment of a large number of participants (8 members) to the League.

The overall objective of the workshop: 

Training the League members on monitoring and documentation mechanisms for the Observatory work.

The specific objectives:

First: Introducing International Human Rights Law, and International Humanitarian Law.

Second: Introducing civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Third: Introducing citizenship violations.

Fourth: Provide an overview of monitoring, documentation and reporting mechanisms.

Target group:

Members of the  League for Citizenship and  civil society activists; women and men.

Venue: Hotel Le Crillon – Broummana – Lebanon

Date and Duration: From 21 till 23 February 2013.

Program organization:

The program started with a short introduction about the League’s Observatory and the objectives of the training workshop. Then there was an explanation about basic concepts related to monitoring, documentation, fact-finding, and reporting, then introducing citizenship rights and the difference between citizenship rights and human rights. There was, as well, an explanation about the basic concepts of human rights and the difference between International Human Rights law and International Humanitarian Law. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights were also addressed, as well as the relationship between citizenship and women’s rights, there was also a description about the monitoring and its mechanisms, and how to prepare the UPR (Universal Periodic Report); “Iran” was used as case study.

The workshop program is shown in the table below:

First Day– 21March, 2013:
09:00 – 09:30 Welcoming – introduction to the League  Observatory
09:30 – 11:30 General Concepts: Monitoring – Observation – Documenting – Fact-finding – Violations
– Reports writing
11:30 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 02:00 Citizenship and human rights
02:00 – 03:00 Lunch break
03:00 – 05:00 Citizenship and women’s rights
Second Day 22 March, 2013
09:00 – 11:00 Introduction to International Human Rights Law
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 01:30 Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
01:30 – 02:00 General dialogue session
02:00 – 03:00 Lunch break
03:00 – 05:00 Reports writing
Third Day – 23 March, 2013
09:00 – 11:00 Monitoring Civil and political rights
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 01:30 Monitoring of economic, social and cultural rights
01:30 – 02:00 Exercises / dialogue sessions
02:00 – 03:00 Lunch break
03:00 – 04:30 Case study: Iran
04:30 – 05:00 Dialogue session
05:00 – 05:30 Wrap up

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