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Government and civil society consultation meeting and workshop in Dubai

January 16 2017

On January 14 and 15, as part of Afghanistan Rights Monitor project (ARM), Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) organized a consultation workshop in Dubai with participation from civil society organizations and representatives from key Afghan ministries. The workshop was designed to discuss and develop a road map for the specific commitments made during the Brussels Conference in October 2016 to promote and protect human rights in Afghanistan.

The workshop commenced with a comprehensive presentation of the key findings from the ARM project to the end of 2016 and the implications of these findings in meeting the commitments made at the Brussels Conference.

The participants from civil society and government institutions discussed key accomplishments, challenges, and ways forward in implementation of fundamental rights in Afghanistan and the need for more interaction and cooperation between civil society and government.

At the end of the workshop a road map template was developed with the participants committing to work with APPRO to finalize the road map by the end of April 2017.

Participants were from the following entities:

  1. Ministry of Justice
  2. Ministry of Public Health
  3. Ministry of Education
  4. Independent Directorate for Local Governance
  5. Ministry of Interior
  6. Afghan Women’s Network
  7. Afghanistan Justice Organization
  8. Civil Society and Human Rights Network
  9. Afghanistan Civil Society Forum

The workshop was also attended by two international experts:

  1. Pearl Eliadis (Human Rights Lawyer, teaches Civil Liberties at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Montreal Canada), and
  2. Dennis Dijkzeul (Professor in the management of humanitarian crises at the IFHV at Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany)

 Elizabeth Winter from the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) participated as an observer. 

There will be a second workshop in late 2017 to report on progress toward meeting the objectives discussed during the first workshop,