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Basic Human Rights Training

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Providing basic human rights training to Chin refugees living in New Delhi.
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Awareness of human rights is very low among Chin refugees living in Delhi, and thus these individuals do not know how to stand up for the rights and are often exploited or discriminated against. This project will help Chin learn their basic human rights so that they can live in dignity and develop themselves. CSU will conduct 4 training sessions in different parts of West Delhi where Chin refugees live.

You can contribute to this project by helping cover the costs of implementing the training sessions, including rental of the venue, honoraria for trainers, local transport costs, and supplies. The sessions will be held between September and November 2011.

Additional Information

Name of Organization Chin Human Rights Organization
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 in 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, the 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.

The applicant successfully completed a microproject in 2010.

Total Costs INR 27,300 (approx. CZK 10,400)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 10,000
Total Number of Shares 20
Location West Delhi
Timeframe August - November 2011
Progress Update
  • August: Preparations were made for human rights training sessions to be held in September and October in Delhi, specifically in Sitapuri, Mahinra Park, Budella and Hastal. The objective of the training is to help refugees understand the basic concepts of universal human rights and to improve the human rights situation of Chin refugees living in Delhi.
  • September: The first training session was held on September 17th with 10 participants. The training covered the meaning of human rights, how human dignity is related to human rights, and the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The participants discussed their own experiences in this area and compared what they learned with their lives in Burma and in Delhi. For most participants, it was their first time learning about human rights, and they found it very interesting and useful. The second training, held on September 23rd, covered the same topics for 11 participants and was equally successful. Participants expressed an interest in learning more about women's rights, children's rights, and the UN Convention on Refugees.

Outputs

A full-day training session on basic human rights was held:

• on 17 September, 2011 at the Delhi Matu Christian Fellowship Church for Burmese refugees living in the Sitapuri area, with 10 participants (9 women, 1 man)

• on 23 September at the CHRO office in Sitapuri for 11 participants (5 men and 5 women). This second session was held in Sitapuri area due to high demand for the training.

• on 15 October at the Mara Christian Fellowship for those living in the Janakpuri area, with 20 participants (11 men, 9 women)

• on 24 October at the Bethel Assembly of God in Hastal for those in Hastal area, with 19 participants (12 men, 7 women)

• on 12 November at the Tidim/Zomi Community Hall for those in the Bodella area in Vikaspuri, with 19 participants (9 women, 10 men)

The vast majority of those who attended had never before participated in any human rights training, and appreciated learning about the history of human rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The sessions were led by Mr. Van Hmun Lian and Mr. Sang Bik from CHRO. Participants compared what they learned about human rights with their actual lives in Burma and in New Delhi as refugees.

Words from the Microgrant Recipient

"The participants... said that the training was very good for them and everything they learnt during the training were very interesting especially about the history of human rights and about Burma as the first country to vote for UDHR articles at the UN assembly in 1948. They were very surprised to learn that Burma has failed to introduce almost all UDHR articles in the national law and violated all the articles.

The trainings were invaluable contribution to the Chin refugees’ community in Delhi. As the participants have now know the universal concept of human rights, the importance of application of their rights and it is strongly hopeful that they would share their knowledge to others and do something good for a better livelihood individually and their community as a whole.

One of the participants said that the training was very informative and she was thankful to Burma Centre Prague for funding. Another one mentioned she came to know that the Burmese government violated all the different kinds of human rights mentioned in UDHR. (Other participants) mentioned they gratitude to BCP for funding and CHRO as a organizer. They need more training and requested longer trainings on women rights, refugee rights and children rights in the near future."

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1. Training in Sitapuri.

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2. Training in Janakpuri.

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3. Training in Hastal.

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