Maat participated in human rights in peace support operations training in Kenya
“Human rights approach should be the basis of the peacekeeping missions in Africa.” Okeil sated.
“Understanding the human rights context in conflict states is essential for the success of the UN missions” Pasha said.
Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights participated in the training of “Human Rights in Peace Support Operations” held in Nairobi, Kenya, from May 27 to June 7, 2019. Representatives of several African countries participated under the auspices of both the Danish and Kenyan governments.
The training focused on the relationship between human rights and international peace and security, how to take advantage of the protection and monitoring mechanisms of violations, and highlight the role of peacekeeping missions, especially in conflict areas in many African countries.
Maat participated, as the Egyptian civil society representative, in the training, which includes participants from 11 African countries, having military, police and civilian backgrounds, with a large representation of peacekeeping missions on the continent.
Ayman Okeil, President of Maat, state that peacebuilding needs to combine civil society efforts with governments to counter extremism at all levels. Okeil stressed that the approach of human rights should be the basis of the work of peacekeeping missions on the African continent.
The foundation was represented by Abdul Rahman Pasha, a researcher in the African Affairs Unit, who stressed the importance of impartiality, objectivity and independence in the work of the UN missions and they should work in accordance with the general human rights context on the ground, not merely implement closed office policies.
Maat’s participation comes in light of its concern in the situation of human rights, peace and security in Africa and its responsibility as a member of the General Assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union, as well as being the Regional Coordinator for North Africa in the NGO Major Group in Africa of the United Nations.
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