HRDs Training Brief

Importance of training HRDs

  • 18 March 2015
  • Author: Samson Omondi
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HRDs Training Brief

Human Rights Defenders in different parts of the Country play a very crucial role in enhancing the realization of human rights. However, this role is hampered by several challenges and one of them is the capacity gaps that exists within the HRDs themselves. This reality provided an opportunity to carry out the required trainings after the mapping exercise that had initially provided the KNCHR with the challenges that these HRDs face and key among them was capacity.

The trainings that were carried out in the 3 project sites were aimed at equipping the HRDs with skills that would enhance efficiency in their work and ensure better individual protection through improved personal capacities and familiarity of handling crisis situations and threats.

A total of 60 Human Rights Defenders were reached during the training in the 3 counties with a County Human Rights Defenders Network formed in each of the counties with a Coordinator and Sub – County Coordinators. These networks would serve as the first point of contact on all matters of human rights defenders before the matter gets to the KNCHR and other relevant agencies. The networks were formed to help in speeding up the response time and allow for networking among the HRDs within the County. These networks continue to expand as more and more human rights defenders continue to join as members.

The training content included the EU guidelines Human Rights Defenders, the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, Understanding the Court Process, Security and Risk Management, International Instruments among others. All these provided the HRDs with the required skills to enable them engage with the issues of Human Rights Defenders. This training served as the launch – pad for the project and the KNCHR shall be depending heavily on these HRDs to deliver on the project results. Further, the KNCHR would closely be working with these HRDs in carrying out community forums on the work of HRDs.

We would in next few months be having a joint forum between the Police, the media and the HRDs where the three can openly share their views on how best the three can work complementarily for the benefit of the local population. 

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