APPRO Launches Project to Monitor Fundamental Rights in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) launched Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) on Sunday June 5, 2016 at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Kabul. Key findings of a baseline assessment across 10 provinces of Afghanistan were presented to members of Afghan civil society, government institutions and international agencies.

The event included a panel discussion by representatives from the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), the Office of the Special Representative on Reform and Good Governance, and Cordaid.

“ Maintaining gains made on fundamental rights requires ongoing monitoring and response to changes. ARM allows us to keep our fingers on the pulse of socio-economic change that form the foundation of fundamental rights in Afghanistan,” said APPRO’s Director of Research, Dr. Saeed Parto.

This baseline assessment constitutes the commencement of ARM, a monitoring project designed to support informed policy and action on fundamental Civic, Social, and Economic rights protection and promotion through applied research, capacity development, and constructive advocacy. Regular monitoring will take place three times per year to report on significant changes in the baseline conditions and possible responses by civil society through constructive advocacy and responsive action by government institutions.

ARM is based on an exhaustive evaluation of fundamental rights standards, adapted to Afghanistan. It combines a standardized research and training methodology to engage actors from civil society and government on how best to protect and promote fundamental rights of Afghans. Another key component of ARM is the professional training on policy analysis, delivered by APPRO in Kabul and certified by Gent University in Belgium. This training course is available to eligible candidates from civil society and government institutions.