The establishment of the office of CSHRN in the north and the northeast
Setting up of the office
CSHRN was established in August 2004 in Kabul. It carried out its activities for the first two years mostly in Kabul and conducted programs like a Human Rights School and trainings. Participants were invited from various regions in order to get familiar with CSHRN. Afterwards, members of the network started to research on human rights and the condition of civil society, and the north coordination center got established.
The regional coordination center in the north, which was the first one, was established on 28th, September 2006. The office is in Mazar-e-Sharif and covers nine northern and northeastern provinces of Afghanistan: Samangan, Jawzjan, Sarepul, Faryab, Baghlan, Kundoz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Balkh.
Spreading CSHRN activities out of the capital Kabul to the north aimed at introducing the civil society and human rights network in order to develop civil society into an influential power, to strengthen the culture of citizenship and a stable and legal democratic society.
Activities of the northern regional coordination center
September 2006 to January 2008
Conducting debates, seminars, and other advisory programs on human rights and civil society for the foundations and human rights activists was one strategy for identifying needs and opportunities in the north. Equally, these programs in various Northern provinces also aimed at strengthening human rights concepts.
The North coordination center and other foundations participating in the programs helped the development of a national strategy for CSHRN. Expressing the needs and providing a platform for discussion these needs resulted in debates and other programs conducted by the north coordination center.
Following, a strategy for CSHRN was approved by the members of the network with a focus on three areas: Capacity Building, Advocacy, Coordination.
Capacity building is the first key area that was extremely legible after the establishment of the north coordination center for developing the capacity of human rights organisations. The northern coordination center gave capacity building the highest priority in its first action plan. Below are the examples of the programs conducted:
• A three-day program on human rights for four northeastern provinces (Baghlan, Kundoz, Takhar, Badakhshan)
• A three-day program on human rights for five northern provinces (Samangan, Balkh, Jawzjan, Sare-pul, Faryab)
• Fifteen workshops based on the CSHRN manual on human rights
• A one-week training for teachers in Balkh Province
Lobbing is an effective way in order to improve the human rights situation in the country and to promote the vision of CSHRN.
Examples for the work done in the area of advocacy:
• Participation in the issuing of a statement against the parliament’s peace and reconciliation charter (in coordination with the capital, Kabul)
• Human Rights International Day celebration in Balkh province conducted
• A national debate on human rights, challenges and rewards conducted
• Other debates on human rights’ concepts conducted
Conducting programs and establishing coordination between human rights foundation is another key area that help gathering foundations as a unit power in the society. Coordination also supports the vision of CSHRN.
Examples for the work done in the area of Coordination:
• Conducting Human Rights Spring School for nine northern and northeastern provinces
• Celebrating Women International Day
• Conducting a three-day seminar on human rights and civil society for four northeastern provinces
• Conducting a three-day seminar on human rights and civil society for five northern provinces.