Training Session in Ivory Coast

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August 2, 2018 - After several years of crisis, Ivory Coast is now experiencing a gradual movement towards national reconciliation and stability. The situation remains fragile, however, and the country continues to face many challenges in the promotion and protection of human rights. In recent months, the Dominicans in Ivory Coast have created a Justice and Peace Commission that seeks to address issues of social justice, peace and human rights. 

It is in this context that Dominicans for Justice and Peace has selected Ivory Coast as one of the priority countries for its action at the United Nations in Geneva. From 1 to 7 July 2018, the delegation, composed of fr Mike Deeb OP and Ms Laurence Blattmer, visited Abidjan and, in collaboration with the local Dominican brothers, organized a 3-day training course on the UN Human Rights System and the fundamental role of civil society in the UN mechanisms.

The training session brought together thirty-eight participants from different branches of the Dominican family, Catholic organizations and non-governmental organisations active in the field of human rights.

In addition to making participants aware of the United Nations human rights mechanisms in Geneva, the training session aimed to identify a programme of work around concrete actions that could be taken locally and internationally for the promotion and protection of human rights. The interactions among the participants and the delegation were fruitful throughout the 3 days of training, which enabled the delegation to gather key information on the current human rights situation in the country. Participants discussed challenges related to the country's sanitation policies, difficulties in accessing education for young girls, and the lack and inadequacy of educational centres for the rehabilitation of minors and of detention centres for women.

This training marks the beginning of a process of strengthening capacity in Ivory Coast in the promotion and protection of human rights locally and internationally. Dominicans for Justice and Peacethus wishes to ensure a long-term engagement with the Dominicans of Ivory Coast which is durable, coordinated and well-articulated.