Working Group Trains Officers and Staff of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission
Thirty-one participants, including some members, officers and staff of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission and lecturers from three universities of Myanmar, attended the Training Workshop on Capacity Building for Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) Officers and Academia on 13-17 January 2014 at the Hotel Yangon in Myanmar. MNHRC Chairperson U Win Mra emphasized that "Human Rights Education is a sine qua non for the officials of the Commission to carry out its core functions." As such, it is imperative that the MNHRC members, officers and staff learn more of the international human rights norms and standards for the commission to perform its mandate effectively. He shared that the MNHRC plans to further intensify human rights education among all stakeholders in Myanmar this year. Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism (Working Group) Co-Chair Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree, also of the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) of the Mahidol University, shared the programs of both the Working Group and IHRP and shared her aspiration of closer collaboration and cooperation among the institutions for more effective promotion and protection of human rights in both Myanmar and the ASEAN region.
The sessions included Understanding Theories and Concepts of Human Rights, International Human Rights Law and Human Rights Terminologies, Overview of International Human Rights Standards and their Development, International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms, Special Topics covering Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, the Role of Civil Society in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanisms, National Human Rights Institutions, and Skill Needed for the Functioning of an NHRI, including Investigation, Documentation and Writing Statements.
The training tapped the expertise of human rights practitioners and advocates based within the region and Myanmar, including the former Co-Chair of the Working Group, Prof. Vitit Muntarbhorn, and Working Group Secretary General Ray Paolo Santiago.
The participants thanked the organizers for a very interactive and participative training and intimated the need to have further specialized trainings to improve their capacities to respond and address human rights issues and concerns in Myanmar.
The training was organized by the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.