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Workshop on Stakeholders’ Statements Formulation Skills Within Overall Periodic Review Mechanism on Human Rights Concerning Iraq Report 2019 Discussion

27-02-2019

Workshop on Stakeholders’ Statements Formulation Skills Within Overall Periodic Review Mechanism on Human Rights Concerning Iraq Report 2019 Discussion

 

Tammuz Organization for Social Development participated in a specialized training workshop held by Friedrich Ebert German Foundation. The workshop entitled “Stakeholders’ Statements Formulation Skills Within Overall Periodic Review Mechanism on Human Rights Concerning Iraq Report 2019 Discussion” on Tuesaday and  Wednesday 26-27-February-2019 at Baghdad hotel . in the presence of a large number  civil society organizations  of various governorates of Iraq. The themes of the workshop were as follows:

1st Day:

The workshop started with the registration of participants followed by its opening, which began with a greeting speech given by our colleague the “Iraq Programs” Director “Yousuf Ibrahim”. Then the participants began to introduce themselves to each other and monitored different goals and expectations of the workshop.

1st Session: a general review on overall periodic review and the latest developments concerning the status international mechanisms to protect human-rights in Iraq.

The instructor Mr. Kamal Al-mashriqi kindly presented a definition of the overall periodic report, which is one of the UN non-contractual mechanisms that consists of three documents:

- The national report: it is the report that the State of Iraq should hand over, the first item which is the methodology of the report, which includes the seriousness of the Iraqi government to deal with civil society organizations, and whether it held any meetings with organizations for the writing of the report.

- Synthesis Report of the of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which receives information from the United Nations contractual mechanisms.

- Stakeholder Statement (Stakeholder Summary), which includes statements from organizations, networks, parties, defenders and trade unions.

He also pointed out that the next report is the third report, which depends mainly on the second report, so it is necessary to see the previous recommendations, and monitor the commitment of the Iraqi government to implement them and whether there are national plans to achieve these recommendations and to work on a recommendation must be based on public policies, Creating legislation, amending legislation, abolishing public policies in the state.

He also explained that the reports are submitted every four and a half years.

The lecturer also had important reporting dates:

28/3/2019 is the deadline for the delivery of statements and the receipt is closed at 5 pm, therefore it is preferred to have the delivery done as of 27/3/2019.

On 11/11/2019, at 2.30 pm, the overall Periodic Report of the Iraq file is going to be discussed (the next report is the third report).

 

The Second Session: during which it was focused on the life cycle of the overall periodic review mechanism for human rights, the principles of alliances work, and the role of civil society within the review mechanism.

Also, the instructor explained that civil society organizations should take their role in promoting the idea of ​​ “UPR” to enhance their role in monitoring and inform the government of its work.

According to this idea, our colleague “Yusouf Ibrahim” kindly presented a proposal, namely, Baghdad Declaration for Human Rights Defenders, by drafting a statement with Hashtag, to be launched at the end of the second day of the workshop.

In the presence of the media, the Declaration calls upon the representatives of the organizations participating in the workshop to respect the human rights arising from the international legislations and standards and to affirm the implementation of the Human Rights Council resolution on defenders against violations and harassment affecting their rights and freedoms and their families.

And for their voluntary humanitarian service. The declaration also included a group of claims to the protection of human rights defenders.

The third session dealt with the guidelines for the preparation of the overall Periodic Review report, the skills for analyzing recommendations and the building of human rights indicators. Then the fourth session began, which was about the working group on the statements.

At the end of the first day of the workshop, statements were prepared according to the guidelines, analysis and building indicators, with an evening duty to work on ending the drafting of statements.

 

The Second Day:

The workshop started with a review of what had been dealt with during the first day. The first session was about the skills of writing the statements and presenting the preliminary drafts prepared by the groups. The second session was about the best practices in writing statements.

The third session included an explanation of the basic information for the delivery of statements through the website, and the implementation plan (what's next).

 In the presence of the media, the workshop ended with participants announcing the “Baghdad Declaration”, and working to promote the concepts of human rights and preparing the report in a purely professional manner by specialists in the preparation, monitoring and documentation of cases.

 

 

 

 

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27 February 2019

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