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IAPD, Maat and ICG Are Launching the Universal Periodic Review Training Program in Geneva

IAPD, Maat and ICG Are Launching the Universal Periodic Review Training Program in Geneva

 Mushira Khattab: The review aims to improve the human rights situation in different countries

Okeil: Maat has a long-term program to train youth on international mechanisms

Said: The IAPD is preparing to expand training programs in 2020

Monica: The ICG announces an integrated training program on international mechanisms

The International Alliance for Peace and Development (IِِAPD), in cooperation with Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights and the International Consultations Group (ICG), started today the week-long training on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in Geneva, Switzerland, on the sidelines of the 34th session of the UPR,  under the auspices of the Human Rights Council.

The training, which includes a group of experts headed by Ambassador Mushira Khattab, former Minister of Family and Population, and Ayman Okeil, President of Maat Foundation, aims to train a number of Arab, European and African youth on how the UPR is conducted, the objectives of this process, as well as the documents presented during it.

The training includes theoretical sessions explaining the UPR mechanism, which is conducted through a constructive interactive dialogue based on three official reports, namely the national report submitted by the State, the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the report of stakeholders.  The 47-nation working group, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, participate in the dialogue with the reviewed State. The review is administered by a tripartite group called the Troika composed of three rapporteurs selected by the Council’s Member States.

The training also includes a practical part through which youth participate in the UPR sessions and side events organized by civil society organizations. This comes within the framework of the three entities’ interest in training youth on UN human rights mechanisms.

On the sidelines of the training, Ambassador Mushira Khattab said that the UPR mechanism is one of the most recent mechanisms adopted by the United Nations in order to assess the human rights situation around the world and to improve it in different countries without exception, every five years.

Ayman Okeil, President of Maat, stated that this mechanism provides a favorable opportunity for each country to disclose the measures it is taking to improve the human rights situation in it and to overcome the obstacles and challenges to guaranteeing human rights. It also offers the possibility of exchanging views and experiences in order to achieve the most effective practices and policies in promoting respect for human rights around the world. Maat has a long-term program to train youth on international mechanisms, he added.

Ahmed Said, Executive Director of the IAPD, said that the IAPD has partners in many countries through them it seeks to host and train young people of different nationalities on international mechanisms for the protection of human rights, especially the UPR mechanism, which provides an opportunity for constructive and interactive dialogue involving a state and  civil society organizations.

Monica Mina, Executive Director of the ICG said: “We have an integrated training program on international mechanisms. This training was not the first in Geneva; the ICG organized training last June on international mechanisms focusing on the sessions of the Human Rights Council. “she added that this training is centered on the UPR mechanism, within the framework of the ICG’s interest integrating youth into the UN system.

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