Community and Media House Balkh
Implementation of programs to strengthen and institutionalize Human Rights and Rule of Law – some proposal and suggestions
Community and Media Center Balkh organized a gathering on the 31st of January 2014 to discus and collect expert views and opinions on how to effectively implement programs to strengthen and institutionalize Human Right and Rule of Law.
Abdul Hamid Sabwoof a professor and director of Cooperation Center for Afghanistan (CCA), Shafiqullah Shaiq, professor of law in Balkh university, Qayum Babek a journalist, Taqi Wahidi a representative of the Independent Human Rights Commission, Abdul Azim Resalat director of Civil Actors for Sustainable Development Organization, Mukhtar Wafae a freelance journalist, and Karimullah Kamwar a conflict resolution trainer participated in the program.
Participants discussed and presented the following proposals for successful and effective implementation of programs on strengthening and institutionalizing Human Rights and Rule of Law:
- Organizing and managing discussions and dialogues on how to elect competent people to the parliament ( most participants suggested that discourses and dialogues should be organized and managed on how to elect suitable people for the parliament and how to prevent the entry of illiterate people to the parliament with no knowledge of legislation.)
- Organizing and managing programs on investigative report and article writing by reporters, civil society and researchers ( most of the participants stressed that through investigative reporting by reporters, writers and institutions can be hugely effective in helping to strengthen human rights and rune of law – such reporting will help to indentify hurdles and impediments that hinder the development of human rights and rule of law.)
- Organizing and implementing human rights and rule of law programs in rural areas and in districts, and villages (participants believe the there have been to some extend human rights and rule of law programs in cities, and resident in big cities are somehow familiar with these issues, however people in villages and rural areas are not very familiar with these issues, therefore it would be very useful to talk and discuss these issues with educated and villages about these issues.)
- Public awareness about human rights issues through local and tradition context (participants believed that after 13 years of the new era, people still hold believe that human right is contradiction with Islam and local cultural values, even though this is not the case, it is vital to change this mentality through awareness and educational programs and make it clear that human right is not in contradiction with Islamic and cultural values.)
- Connecting human rights values with the values and cultural believes and values of the country ( some participants suggested that it would be very useful to organize programs and teach citizens that human rights issues do not have any contradictions with our cultural, theosophical, literary values, but there is common ground and common values that needs to be promoted and advanced, for example when Mulala Jalaludin Balkhi speaks of tolerance, he indeed speaks of some core human rights issues.)
- Collaboration and cooperation among institutions working on investigative reporting and implementing awareness programs (even though some scattered investigative works have been conducted in the past, but it lacks a unified and organized mechanism to mange such activities. Therefore it is very important for organizations to work together.)
- Organization and implementation of programs that are practical and accessible (most participants argued and stressed that programs should be organized on topics that are practical and tangible, no idealistic and impractical, programs should be organized in ways that take Afghan cultural values in consideration, particularly as Afghan society is a traditional society, therefore human rights programs should be organized accordingly.)
- Rule of law programs for government employees and staff members…
- And… some other suggestions proposals were made…