CSHRO Strategic Seminar conducted

By: Wazir Ahmad Khorami On March 12 th the strategic seminar of CSHRO was conducted in Kabul city, during the seminar representatives of member organizations together with the CSHRO secretariat discussed how to bring strategic changes into future activities of the Network. The strategic seminar was facilitated by Mr. Francesco Paolo Simone Castellani, adviser at the Danish Institute of Human Rights. At the beginning of the seminar Mr. Malek Sitez, Head of CSHRO's programs in Afghanistan, explained the importance of strategic planning and regularly updating of CSHRO's strategy to the participants. The aim of updating the strategy is to involve and include all member organizations into the CSHRO activities. The participants of the strategic seminar discussed the current strategy in comparison with the current situation in Afghanistan . The participants of the seminar were divided in four working groups where each working group discussed the issues of the key result areas of the strategy (capacity building, coordination and advocacy). During a one hour discussion, participants of the seminar discussed the main challenges of CSHRO in the field of coordination, capacity building and advocacy. The representatives of the working groups presented their ideas about the key result areas on behalf of their working group. The results of the working group discussion are very useful and constructive for future activities of CSHRO. As a result or the discussion two additional key result areas were proposed to be included in the strategy of CSHRO, these were “Public awareness” and “Monitoring”. Participants of the seminar agreed on collaboration of the member organizations in the field of monitoring the human rights situation as well as the dissemination of information on human rights issues to the people of Afghanistan. Participants of the seminar strongly advised CSHRO to focus on monitoring the human rights situation…

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The Second Analytical Symposium on Access to Information and its role in the promotion of democracy and human rights in Afghanistan was conducted by CSHRN

28-June- 2010- Kabul- Afghanistan By: Seyar Lalee The second analytical symposium on access to information and its role in the promotion of democracy and human rights in Afghanistan organized on 28-June-2010 by Civil Society and Human Rights Network. The goal of the symposium was to create a constructive dialogue for common understanding on access to information with some members of parliaments, civil society and media organizations. The symposium was divided into tow parts. The first part of the program allocated for official speeches on the importance of access to information in Afghanistan. The representatives of Afghan government, parliament, board of Civil Society and Human Rights Network, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, UNAMA and Civil Society and Human Rights Network secretariat delivered official supportive speeches on access to information program in Afghanistan. The second part of the Symposium was conducted to discuss three key articles by Afghan members of the parliament; The first article was presented by Mr. Abas Noyan member of National Assembly of Afghanistan. The article (access to information role on good governance) dealt with access to information as a useful tool for fostering good governance culture in Afghanistan . Mr. Abas main argument were the followings; Access to information strengthens the organic relationship between citizens and states, both citizens and state understand each other by having information about state's source and abilities. Access to information is a civil rights of citizens. By having access to information, the citizens exercise its civil rights to decide properly about his or her daily life and future. Access to information is a responsibility of public administration. By disseminating of information public administration creates transparency and accountability for its mechanisms. At the end of Mr. Noyan presentation the participants debated his article. Generally the participants of symposium supported the arguments which…

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