CSO workshop in the center of Chad: “You relay information” Reviewed by Momizat on . Mongo, 14-15 July 2014 The training organized for CSOs leaders in Mongo, in the center of Chad, brought eighteen organizations together from the Guéra region. R Mongo, 14-15 July 2014 The training organized for CSOs leaders in Mongo, in the center of Chad, brought eighteen organizations together from the Guéra region. R Rating: 0

CSO workshop in the center of Chad: “You relay information”

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Atelier OSC au Centre du Tchad : « Vous êtes le relais de l’information »

Mongo, 14-15 July 2014

The training organized for CSOs leaders in Mongo, in the center of Chad, brought eighteen organizations together from the Guéra region. Representatives of the main  human rights and victims organizations who responded to this call, were already very active in the province.

The region of Guéra and its capital Mongo were strongly marked by the violence committed during the 1980s in Chad. Magistrates from the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) went there twice, in March and May 2014, to collect evidence and conduct exhumations of alleged mass graves. After these strictly judiciary visits, NGOs, magistrates and local populations expressed the need for explanations and information about the EAC.

The objective of this two-day training led by the Outreach Consortium was to enable civil society organizations from the four departments of Guéra – Mongo, Biktine, Melfi, and Oum-Hadjer to network so as to facilitate the dissemination of information among communities. In particular, the aim of the training was to give them detailed information on the rights of victims and more generally on the functioning of the EAC, answer their questions and  discuss Chad and Chadians issues and challenges.

“This training is commendable for victims support”

The two-day agenda included presentations with documentary screenings and group work sessions. Hugo Jombwe, an expert in international criminal law, briefed the participants on the definition of international crimes prosecuted by the EAC: war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and torture. He answered questions about civil parties applications, their role and rights in the trial proceedings.

The past is ever present in people’s minds and those criminally responsible have not been punished. As a result, many CSO representatives noted that many victims and their families in the Gera region still live in fear of the security forces, over twenty years later. However, the President of the Human Rights Organizations Network in Chad (RADHT) considered that “This training is commendable for its support to victims who can now feel free.”

At the end of the workshop, participants reported having learned a great deal – particularly about legal concepts – during the session. As one of them said, “Before, we were blind!” Local CSOs, which were already mobilized, were particularly responsive. The following day,  they formed a coalition which also involved local journalists. Participation of the media and local journalists seems particularly appropriate in the provinces, so that information is fully disseminated.

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