- The fourth training workshop enters its second day aiming to train civil rights activists concerned with the rights of the child on writing shadow reports, preparation, evaluation and discussion
- Mr. William Warda, the Project Manager, reviews the necessary guarantees for establishing a human rights knowledge base from international and national laws
- The credibility of shadow reports is to be objective in diagnosing the negatives and positives if any that the government has achieved
- Mrs. Pascale Warda presented a briefing on the concepts of cooperation between the concerned parties raised a wide discussion
The work of the second day of the fourth training workshop started on November 30, 2020, to train activists from non-governmental organizations concerned with children's rights in writing shadow reports, preparation, evaluation and discussion. The headquarters of the Ministry of Justice had witnessed the holding of three similar training workshops for government employees from the Ministry of Justice and other ministries, as well as from the Council of Ministers, the Supreme Judicial Council and National Security, in the same context.
The opening speech of the second day was by Mr. William Warda, the project manager, noting that the guarantees must be recognized as the cornerstone of any human rights knowledge and as specific as this workshop, knowledge should focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international instruments as well as the necessity of knowing the Iraqi laws, in the foremost of which is the basic guarantees stipulated in the Iraqi constitution, other laws and legal regulations adopted besides monitoring the events and the extent to which they are adapted to human rights. So there must be a data base with precedence of knowledge, and where we are from all of that within the framework of the measures necessary to safeguard the rights of all social strata and what are the restrictions not prevent us from monitoring and documenting violations and defending rights.
Mr. Warda pointed to the responsibility of the Parliament as a monitoring body, whether it fulfills its obligations or vice versa, he also touched number of requirements in this regard, foremost among which are the judicial requirements, then concluded with political guarantees related to the availability of the democratic national will to live with all these rights and work according to them.
Mr. Warda talk about required amendments to some laws for Iraq does not lack laws that serve the human being, as there is a long-standing historical base of the laws of Hammurabi, as well as dealing with what is required to be included in shadow reports as an indicator of credibility based on diagnosing the negatives and positives if any that the government has achieved referring to the proofs.
Mrs. Pascale Warda Chairwoman of Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, gave a briefing focusing on the principle of cooperation between the relevant authorities in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child indicating the interest of civil society organizations in ensuring the adoption of this approach in a way that enhance the state's values of justice, fairness and the establishment of rights. Mrs. Warda briefing raised a wide discussion.
Then Mr. William Warda presented the basic criteria in writing the shadow report and what those involved should do in writing the report displaying a sample of the shadow report that Hammurabi Human Rights Organization prepared to the Committee on Racial Discrimination in 2018 regarding rights, focusing on the issue of children involved in armed violence, referring to the recommendation to prevent children from for practicing violence and terrorism.
The participants of the workshop conducted a practical exercise on this topic.