AIPD, Maat and ICG Continue the Training Program on the UPR Mechanism, with the Participation of 20 Youth from 9 Arab, European and African Countries
On Sunday, November 10, the International Alliance for Peace and Development (IِِAPD), Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights and the International Consultations Group (ICG), continued the week-long training on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in Geneva, Switzerland, with the participation of a number of youth cadres active in civil society organizations in the United States, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, Mali, Egypt and Somalia.
At the beginning of the training, the participants discussed the documents submitted in the UPR process, which are: The report of the state under review. It shall be submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at least six weeks before the date set for the review, it also shall not exceed 20 pages, covering a period not less than four years.
In addition, a report prepared by OHCHR provides an inventory and summary of the information contained in the reports of the treaty bodies, the special procedures of the Human Rights Council and the reports of the international institutions of the United Nations. As well as the report of stakeholders from NGOs, human rights defenders, academic institutions and national institutions working in the field of human rights. In this regard, the participants and trainers shared their experiences in the field of international mechanisms, networking and building support networks in strengthening the program’s activities at the international level.
A number of distinguished experts headed by Ambassador Mushira Khattab, former Minister of Family and Population, Ayman Okeil, President of Maat Foundation and Baker Swailem, Executive Director of Al Joura Association, participate in the training program.
The week-long training program, which started on Saturday 9 November, has sought to create a participatory atmosphere that gives participants different spaces to exchange ideas and experiences, and to provide participants with knowledge and scientific materials related to the UPR mechanism. The program also provides an opportunity for practical training on international mechanisms through participation in the UPR sessions at the UN Human Rights Council, and side events organized by civil society organizations.