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Human Rights Training and NGO Meeting

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Providing basic human rights training to the Burmese community in the border area and inside Burma, and organizing a meeting among local NGOs.
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The Burmese community in Chin State as well as the border towns of Champhai (Burma) and Aizawl (India) lack awareness of basic human rights. In particular, Burmese who travel from inside Burma to India come through Champhai are vulnerable to human rights violations and discrimination in India due to their lack of knowledge of human rights. CHRO Aizawl would therefor like to provide training to approximately 20 Burmese living in Champhai.

There is also a need need to improve relationships between local partner NGOs in Aizawl and local Mizo organizations. CHRO recognizes the importance of standing together with, and learning from, local partner organizations. It would therefore like to organize a meeting of the groups, as a medium for exchange, relationship-building, and encouraging future cooperation. The quarterly meetings would have 20 to 25 participants who will share their experiences, discuss refugee and human rights, and together strengthen their respective organizations.

You can help by contributing to the costs for running the training in June 2012 and organizing the NGO meeting in August, including hall rental, transportation, and honoraria for the trainers.

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Name of Organization Chin Human Rights Organization Aizawl
About the Organisation

Logo CHROChin Human Rights organization (CHRO) is a non-governmental non-profit organization legally registered in Canada with branch offices in India, Thailand, and the United States.

Formed in 1995 by a group of Chin activists who began monitoring human rights situation in Chin State and Western Burma along the borders with India and Bangladesh, CHRO has grown from a small organization to a well-respected and professionally managed human rights organization. The organization aims to promote and protect the rights of Chin people by educating and empowering them through training/workshops and also through advocacy work. The population served includes Chin in Chin state, Burma as well as Chin refugees living in such countries as India and Malaysia.

Total Costs INR 24,100 (approx. CZK 9,000 or EUR 350)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 9,000
Total Number of Shares 18
Location Aizawl, Mizoram
Timeframe June - September 2012
Progress Update

June/July: The CHRO Aizawl team prepared its human rights training and held it from 29 June to 2 July in the border town of Champhai, with some participants coming from Burma’s Chin State. In interactive sessions, the 18 participants learned the basic concepts of human rights, as well as the importance of documenting cases of human rights violations.

August: In August, CHRO Aizawl held a NGO consultation meeting in Aizawl for members of the Mizo and Chin communities living in India and across the border in Burma.  The 23 participants discussed the cultural relations and common heritage of the Mizo and Chin people, and the need to work together when possible.  One of the key benefits of the meeting was networking – the NGO representatives have now met in person and will continue to cooperate in future.

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