AIMPO, a grassroots organization in Rwanda that seeks to protect and promote the rights, welfare and development of Historically Marginalized People in partnership with Women’s Organization for Promoting Unity-WOPU and Minority Rights Group International-MRG, under the funding of the European Union has initiated a three-day training from 6 to 8 May 2019, for Capacity Building of Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Defenders under the theme “International Human Rights Instruments and Advocacy.”
In his opening remarks, the Executive Secretary of the African Initiative for Mankind Progress Organization (AIMPO), Ntakirutimana Richard explained to the participants the importance of the training: “as human rights activists, the knowledge of international instruments on Human Rights in this area will be of great importance to you in your advocacy work, in different situations and places.”
UMUTESI Rose, one of the beneficiaries of the training expressed her satisfaction: “This training is vital to me. During the training we were lucky to the field to visit Historically Marginalized Community. I learned a lot about the reality of their daily life and now on I know how to approach them. Now that I gained knowledge on International Human Rights Instruments and Advocacy, and truth on life I easily understand how I can better advocate for them.”
Nyiringabo Paul, a student who participated in the training expressed his satisfaction in these terms “I did not know the international human rights instruments to date, but after this training, I will work hand in hand with other activists to better advocate.”
For Komezusenge Charles, representing an organization of people with disabilities, “this training came in due time because it opens our minds more to the knowledge of international human rights instruments and how to advocate. This will enable us to better realize our mission to promote and protect human rights.”
Like Charles, Mukamutara Monique spoke about the field visit to Historically Marginalized People which helped her to learn about the reality of their daily lives.
She stressed that “they are people like us, like all others, able to give ideas that can contribute to national development, but we must first listen to them.”
The African Initiative for Mankind Progress Organization, formerly known as African Indigenous and Minority Peoples’ Organization, was created in 2001. Several activities have been carried out by this organization to Historically Marginalized People such as distribution of school materials to students, capacity building, distribution of livestock, advocacy and purchase of land to historically marginalized people in the district of Musanze.
KAGAHE Jean Louis