(CSHRN) Civil Society and Human Rights Network.
- Promoting the role of women in peace, stability and security
- Conflict transformation
- Reduction of domestic violence
- Access to Information
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Through our nationwide network structure, we have achieved an unparalleled outreach, considering that we are just one organisation. We are for instance in current contact to remote areas such as Kunar, Nuristan, Qundus, Takhar, Faryab, Farah and Daikundi provinces. We manage to work under circumstances where security considerations both politically and in the very physical sense must be included in all activities at all times. Our nationwide presence proves that our knowledge on human rights, of our strategic approach and of our ability to enter into a dialogue are valuable and essential for our work under difficult circumstances.
- Contextualized human rights training manuals
- Debates on human rights concepts among member organizations, state institutions, intellectuals and traditional leaders
- Human rights training seminar and workshops for staff of member organizations and others
- Cooperation and coordination among civil society organizations, other key players such as AIHRC and the international community
- A weekly human rights radio program “ The Voice” produced with “Good Morning Afghanistan”
- A weekly human rights page in the family magazine “Kilid”
- CSHRN bi-monthly magazine “Angaara” targeting persons and institutions working professionally with human rights, civil society and democratization
- Draft laws for improvement of the legislative framework on key issues related to human rights gaps
- A concept for the process of promoting and passing of draft laws based on the principles of thorough documentation, public participation and constructive dialogue with key decision makers in government and parliament
- CSHRO statements on current events and situations of human rights relevance
Question and Answer
What is CSHRN?
Why dose this organization calls itself a network?
CSHRN calls itself a network because it coordinates and collaborates among human rights organizations in order to develop a realistic strategy for strengthening human rights in Afghanistan. Thanks to the network member organizations, which include different types of organizations, a wide circle of interested partners can be activated in order to advance human rights in Afghanistan. The main goal of the network is to promote human rights and to strengthen civil society in Afghanistan. Therefore, the doors of the network are open to those organizations that are interested in cooperating for this purpose. CSHRN also promotes human rights within state institutions in collaboration with the state. Likewise, CSHRN provides the conditions for a constructive dialogue among civil society and state institutions with regard to human rights issues.
What is the difference between AIHRC and CSHRN?
Does CSHRN work with the State?
Does CSHRN work only in Kabul?
What are the membership procedures of CSHRN? Can an individual citizen become a member of the network?
Who is the president of the network?
CSHRN is a democratic organization with the General Assembly as its highest organ. The General Assembly, consisting of all the member organizations, meets once a year in order to approve the annual activity report of the network. The Steering Committee is democratically elected by the General Assembly. During the year, the Steering Committee monitors the activities of the network. The network has an executive secretariat, that implements the programs of CSHRN. Mr. Mohammad Naim Nazari is the Coordinator, Mr. Wazir Ahmad Khorami the Head of the Capacity Building Section, Mr. Ahmad Sayer Lalee the Head of the Finance and Administration section, Mrs. Gul Bashra the Officer in charge of the Educational Unit and Mrs. Frozan Arezo in charge of the Resource Center. In the regions, Dr. Niamatullah Hamdard is the coordinator for the eastern regions, Mr. Soroush Kazemi for the northern and northeastern regions and Mrs. Aziza Khairandish for the western regions. CSHRN works in accordance with democratic principles and in a transparent and accountable way.
Who are the donors of the network?
Have international experts been involved in building the capacities of the network in Afghanistan?
CSHRN cooperates with the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and the Society for Threatened Peoples Switzerland (STP), two professional human rights organizations. Mr. Malek Mohammad Sitez, a human rights expert from DIHR and Mrs. Regula Hafner, an expert in the field of capacity building from STP, are the advisors of the network and provide international expertise.
History of CSHRN
The development of CSHRN can be divided into four phases:
Identification phase: July 2002 – July 2004
During the identification phase, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) together with local partners was analyzing the situation of human rights and civil society in Afghanistan. Through dialogue and brainstorming, ideas were developed on what could be done to strengthen human rights in the country. DIHR conducted three identification missions to Afghanistan during this period. At the same time, two capacity building programs for women organizations were organized.
1. Phase: August 2004 – June 2006
During this period, the structure of the network was organized and first activities in the field of human rights carried. It was in its establishment as well as in its professional development by DIHR and in specific fields also with the support of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP). The necessary funding was mostly provided by the Danish Government (DANIDA); the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) provided very specific funding for the first human rights manual.CSHRN as a network among 25 Afghan human rights and civil society organizations with proper statutes was established in August 2004. In this phase, CSHRN concentrated on capacity building and public awareness raising in the field of human rights as well as coordination among the different devil society and human rights organizations. It developed a human rights radio program and several publications and training material on human rights for this purpose. Due to the still limited capacities of the network as well as the member organisations, the activities were concentrated in Kabul, although already human rights activists from the regions got invited. Around 60 organisations were members of the network during this phase.
2. Phase: July 2006 – December 2008
In this phase, a major focus was put on expanding the activities of CSHRN to the eastern, the northern and the western part of Afghanistan and coordination facilities were established in Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif and Jalalabad.An overall strategy for the network was established in order to provide a framework for the activities of the network that makes it effective in the reaching its goals. This strategy has been continuously further developed during the second phase.
The fields of work continued to be concentrated on coordination and capacity building. Besides thematic issues, also institutional capacity building took place during this phase. The coordination was expanded not only to include human rights organizations, but also coordinate between civil society and state institutions. Work had also started in indirect advocacy, through influencing new laws to be in accordance to international human rights standards and to work with parliamentarians and media. The professional for the network was provided by DIHR and STP, the funding by DANIDA and SDC.3. Phase January 2009 to December 2011
During this phase, the work on capacity building will be stronger focused women rights and on monitoring and reporting about the implementation of human rights in Afghanistan. The coordination will be further strengthened in the central area of Afghanistan and the coordination and cooperation with ACSF and AIHRC will be further clarified and made effective. Efforts in the field of advocacy will include work against family violence and access to information. The publication and media efforts will be continued and further expandedThe professional support is provided for this phase by DIHR, while STP is giving specific input regarding institutional capacities and project management. The overall funds come from DANIDA and SDC, but certain smaller projects are directly funded by additional donors.
Our vision is a society based on democracy and the rule of law in accordance with human rights, and a society, where all people are aware of their rights and claim them through the rule of law. We understand the vision as follows: A society where the state regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion and social and political orientation provide equal opportunities for all, and where people are aware of their rights and claim them in safety and dignity
Our mission is to establish a capable human rights movement through strengthening of rights based civil society and by promoting human rights values, monitoring the human rights situation and disseminating information and by influencing policies in order to reach a society based on democracy, rule of law in accordance with human rights for all male and female in Afghanistan.
We have identified five key result areas based on the rational that we need to establish, coordinate and strengthen the Network. Then we need to build the capacity necessary, to be recognized as a professional and capable network and partner that can attract qualified members and partners. We need to build public awareness on human rights and to advocate on important human rights issues to promote implementation and finally we need to become able to monitor, report and give recommendations on the human rights situation in the country. .
● Increase the awareness of both the public authorities and of the citizens of public participation as a method of governance and of access to influence
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get in touch with us.
General inquiries and messages to CSHRN may be submitted using the form below.