December 31, 2014

Human Rights Defenders Trained on the Collection and Documentation of Human Rights Abuses

December 2014

From August 2–5, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and Advocacy Forum-Nepal trained 19 Terai region-based lawyers and human rights defenders on how to collect data on human rights abuses. Held in Dhulikel, the training focused on techniques for accurate and credible data collection.

The trainees will reconvene in the coming months to discuss their experiences in collecting and documenting human rights abuses.

Trainers from Advocacy Forum-Nepal, a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting the rule of law in Nepal, and the Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance along with an ABA ROLI legal specialist led the training. They discussed techniques for identifying and monitoring human rights abuses and employed case studies to allow trainees to practice applying them. Participants also discussed national legislation and their application in human rights cases. Additionally, the sessions covered relevant international treaties, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and international bodies, including the Committee against Torture as well as the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Trainees will reconvene in the coming months to discuss their experiences in collecting and documenting human rights abuses and to get feedback from the trainers. The training is part of ABA ROLI’s Fundamental Freedoms Fund-supported program to create accountability for human rights abuses in the Terai region.

To learn more about our work in Nepal, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at rol@americanbar.org.