The newsletter of NGO coalitions against torture
The NGO coalitions against torture in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan together with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and International Partnership for Human have issued a newsletter on the psychological aspects of human rights work against torture.
The NGO coalitions against torture in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan together with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR, Poland) and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR, Belgium) have issued the first in a planned series of e-newsletters. The coalitions hope that this newsletter would be the useful resource for local human rights defenders and a source of information on activities and issues of concern of NGO coalition’s members for other interested local and international professionals.
Non-governmental organizations have generated the following topics for future issues of this e-newsletter:
- Human rights defenders at risk: How can human rights defenders and NGOs enhance their security? What international organizations provide support? Where and how can human rights defenders find a safe haven in case of emergency?
- What if foreign agent laws are prepared and adopted in Central Asia? – Interviews with colleagues from Russia and Belarus and their recommendations to Central Asian colleagues.
- Human rights work and burn-out: How to cope with work pressure, high expectations of victims’ relatives and stigmatization by the authorities and pro-government media?
- Interviews with experienced human rights defenders on their motivation to work against torture and advice they wish to give to young human rights defenders.
- Information about selected anti-torture activities carried out by NGO coalition members, HFHR and IPHR.
The members of coalitions invite other organizations to propose any ideas of other topics for future issues of the e-newsletter, contacting Anne Sunder-Plassmann, International Partnership for Human Rights, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All three anti-torture coalitions consist of member organizations working on torture and other human rights issues. Some focus on specific groups such as women, children, the disabled or LGBT. The coalitions invite other local human rights groups that share the coalitions’ values and counteract torture with competence and commitment to join them.
The coalitions against torture in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan also engage in joint activities on a regional level, thus benefiting from each other’s expertise, consolidating efforts to fight against torture in Central Asia, and supporting each other’s recommendations, formulated to their governments.
The text of the newsletter can be downloaded by the link http://www.iphronline.org/uploads/9/0/2/7/9027585/en_coalitions_against_torture_newsletter_nov_2014.pdf
Робин С. Шарма