In the present political context, HRDs are facing threats across India from various political groups, fundamentalists, etc. Most of the threats and hampering of the work of HRDs from North East regions are not getting attention due to geographical remoteness and lack of visibility. In this light, Women in Governance-NE (WinG-NE) and HRDA has organized a training for HRDs which was hosted by Rural Women Upliftment Society, Sielmat.
The training was held for two days (October 28-29, 2016) which saw the participation of about 30 HRDs across the different states of North East such as Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura. The training had Mr Mathew Jacob and Ms. Bondita Acharya as the resource persons focusing on Human Rights Mechanisms, National and International Human Rights Institutions, Documentation of Cases ,Filing of Complaints and writing Urgent Appeals. The training saw the active involvement of participants in discussions, presentation and debates where there was learning from basic concept of human rights, human rights defenders to UN Special Rapporteur and how as HRDs, they can access these mechanisms.
The two day training had proved to be a successful programme which provides a platform for learning and an opportunity to discuss issues common accross the states and understand the realities that HRDs faced in their respective fields.
“The training has enabled me to expand my understanding of who a human rights defender is. It could be you, me, a school teacher, a domestic worker, anyone! ” Ronica, participant