Fact Finding Training in Pakistan

07-05-2012

On April 25th and 26th, 16 minority rights observers, volunteers, community leaders and activists from various regions in Pakistan completed a two-day training on human rights fact finding and documentation in Faisalabad.

GHRD organised the training in cooperation with local minority rights organisation Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) in order to provide locally based human rights defenders with concrete tools and training to carry out impartial fact finding missions and to document them according to international standards and frameworks. Participants came from Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Lahore, Islamabad and Faisalabad. 

Key topics covered in the training were:

  1. Interview ethics and interview techniques;
  2. Collection of witness statements and evidence;
  3. International definitions for human rights violations;
  4. Systematic documentation of human rights violations according to international standards and using GHRD’s reporting template.

Participant evaluations praised the participatory approach and the group exercises. They found the positive atmosphere and willingness of other participants to contribute encouraging. However, the majority of participants would have appreciated a longer training session stretching to four or five days – something which GHRD will investigate for future trainings.

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