Roosevelt A. K. Woods, Foundation for International Dignity Executive Director
FIND Holds Workshop On Human Rights
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
TOE TOWN, May 28 (LINA) -The local NGO Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) has convened a two-day workshop for Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members in Grand Gedeh County on human right abuses and how to monitor them.
The training held at the FIND Zwedru office and Toe Elementary School brought together community leaders from Gbolleyville in Zwedru and Toe Town in B’hai District in Grand Gedeh County.
It focused on what to look for in human rights monitoring at the police station, court and communities for better understanding of how to address such issues.
The AGEH /FIND Partnership Civil Peace Advisor, Doutsen Langhat, who facilitated the training, said understanding what is monitored enables clear reporting to facilitate better handling of information collected on human rights abuses.
Ms. Langhat said unless CAC members are educated on what constitutes human rights abuses, they cannot teach others, noting that public awareness is the best tool in dealing with human rights issues.
The workshop discussed ‘Mob Violence’, ‘Jungle Justice’, ‘Police Detention’, ‘Sanitary Condition at Police Cells’. ‘Court Handling of Cases’, ‘Decent Community Interaction’, ‘Appeals’, among others topics.
Meanwhile, participants have expressed appreciation for the opportunity afforded them to undergo the training which, they said, has broadened their knowledge on human rights monitoring at home, police station or the court.
In remarks, FIND County Coordinator for Grand Gedeh, A. Wlekumon Degbe, challenged CAC members around the country to be resolute in monitoring and reporting human rights abuses.
He admonished them “to share and spread” what they learned at the workshop for the public good, adding that it is only when people know their rights that they can protect them.
The workshops gathered over 30 participants, with 75 percent of them males.