Theme : The prevention and banning of torture, a principle recalled in Africa.
The 4th biennial series of training sessions for African human rights trainers, named after Norbert Kenne, started with a session in Cameroon from 12 to 31 July.
It was organised jointly by FIACAT, the Association for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights in Central Africa, the Catholic University of Central Africa and the Lyon Institute for Human Rights.
42 participants (15 women and 27 men), from 14 African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Chad and Togo) met in Yaoundé for three weeks of training.
This year, the series aimed at focussing specially on the prevention and banning of torture.
So, after they had benefited from an initial general approach - anthropological, theological, historical and juridical - to the protection of human rights, the participants were given courses and workshops centred on those particular themes.
A new aspect of the series is its concentration on the practical.
Thus each participant, a trainer in the making, was invited to present to the team of instructors a project for training or conscientization, a project which s/he was committed to carrying out in his/her country by July 2005 (the date of the evaluation and follow-up session to be held in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso).
The themes chosen by the participants are varied.
One can mention, for example, the promotion of human rights in prison regimes, in the police forces or in schools and dioceses.
Many different groups are targeted: women, children, refugees … each participant having drawn up his/her project in line with local needs and with the resources of their organisation.
The participants will meet again in Ouagadougou in 2005 for a week of evaluation of the projects which they will have carried out.
See the French-language version of this website for more details.