Human rights monitoring, as a new working area for CSHRO

Why CSHRO has decided to work in the field of monitoring of human rights in Afghanistan? According to CSHRO researches the civil society and human rights movement has three main responsibilities: The first one is to promote human rights and democratic values in the society. The second responsibility of civil society and human rights organization is to influence to the policies of legislations in order to bring the message of human rights to the political structures of Afghanistan . The third responsibility of human rights organization is to monitor the implementation of human rights values. According to the international practices without monitoring and evaluation of human rights situation it is almost impossible to know about the reality of human rights situation in the country. Such experiences are mainly having been seen in the post war situation. The civil society and human rights member organization during the latest General Assembly has jointly decided to work actively in the fields of monitoring during the phase four of CSHRO. For this purpose CSHRO has designed a working plan for monitoring the human rights situation in Afghanistan . The working plan consists of three main elements, firstly to build the capacity of CSHRO on monitoring of human rights situation. During this period CSHRO Executive Secretariat will organize capacity building programs for the member organization and local offices of CSHRO in the deferent part of the country. The second period is to organize guidelines and formats for collecting the information, cases and local studies. The third part of the program is the implementation of the format which consists of interviews, visits to human rights violation areas and articulation of the analyses. For monitoring of human rights situation CSHRO Executive Secretariat has trained and appointed its Focal Points “representative of CSHRO in the provinces…

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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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