Euro-Med Monitor at CDH: Supporting and strengthening victims’ rehabilitation and empowerment efforts


Geneva – The Human Rights Council and relevant United Nations bodies should support and strengthen human rights organizations working to empower victims by contributing to their capacity building and working with them to carry out and strengthen humanitarian operations.

In a joint statement to the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor and the Youth Parliament for SDGs said: “Technical assistance and capacity building programs are crucial to the promotion and protection of human rights, especially when used to support efforts to empower victims and provide them with a platform and tools to defend and protect their rights”.

In presenting the statement to the Council, Euro-Med Monitor research intern Nour Sabbagh stressed that “victims can also be agents of change; they could speak for themselves about their own stories, with their own voices. Yet they need essential help to become more professional, more influential and better heard”.

Sabbagh cited Euro-Med Monitor’s launch of its youth-led We Are Not Numbers (WANN) project some seven years ago, calling it “an initiative to rehabilitate and build the capacity of victims in areas of conflict so that they become able to write about their experiences, express their aspirations and make other societies discover the reality in which they live.

“Participants [in WANN]
have shown remarkable success in making their own voice heard by a large number of people all over the world,” added Sabbagh.

Furthermore, she underlined that the promotion and support of such initiatives can contribute significantly to the empowerment of victims, by providing victims with the necessary tools to defend their rights and by raising awareness of human rights within their communities.

Full statement:

Mister President,

Technical assistance and capacity building programs are crucial for the promotion and protection of human rights, especially when used to support efforts to empower victims and provide them with a platform and tools to defend and protect their rights.

Victims can also be agents of change. They could speak for themselves about their own stories, with their own voices. Yet they need essential help to become more professional, more influential and more heard.

More than seven years ago, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor launched its youth-led We Are Not Numbers project as an initiative to rehabilitate and build the capacity of victims in conflict areas so that they can write about their experiences, express their aspirations and make other societies discover the reality in which they live. Participants have demonstrated remarkable success in making their own voices heard by large numbers of people around the world.

Given the significant positive impact that such initiatives can have, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor and the Youth Parliament for SDG wish to draw the attention of countries and relevant UN agencies to the need to provide technical assistance human rights organizations working to empower victims. , contribute to building their capacities and work with them to carry out and strengthen these operations.

Thanks.

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