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HREA starts innovative training programme for human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa

Amsterdam, 18 December 2005 -- In January 2006 HREA will start an intensive training programme for young human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa, in cooperation with the Arab Institute for Human Rights (Tunisia) and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (Egypt).

"This project will strengthen the Arab human rights movement by training young human rights defenders using a distributed learning approach", says Frank Elbers, HREA's Deputy Director. The 'distributed learning approach' is a training model that includes both on-site training as well as Internet-based, distance learning training. Trainees will enhance their skills in monitoring, advocacy and project development and management through a combination of introductory e-learning courses, self-study and intensive follow-up workshops.

During the two-year training programme each trainee will design and carry out an advocacy or monitoring project, under the mentorship of an experienced human rights defender associated with a local or regional human rights organisation. "The project will be a concrete step in strengthening the Arab network of human rights defenders and cross-border collaboration", concludes HREA's Deputy Director.




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