On Thursday 18 October 2011, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights concluded a training course titled “1612 MRM [Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism] for Violations of Human Rights in Armed Conflict,” in cooperation with Save the Children - UK, at the meeting hall of Orient House restaurant in Gaza City.
(“1612 MRM” refers to the unified system for monitoring and reporting violations of children’s rights established by UN Security Council Resolution 1612.
) This workshop is part of a project titled “Promotion of 1612 MRM” supported by Save the Children - UK.
Issam Younis, Al Mezan’s director, participated in the final session alongside Shirin Ash-Shobaki, coordinator of the training and mass communication unit at Al Mezan, and Salwa At-Taibi, from the Save the Children - UK office in Gaza.
Ash-Shobaki thanked the participants for their involvement, and asserted the importance of the role they play as workers in community-based organizations (CBOs) in carrying out monitoring and reporting of violations of child rights in armed conflict.
She stressed the importance of making good use of the workshop’s content in their work.
26 workers with CBOs who have partnerships with Save the Children – UK attended the workshop.
Issam Younis thanked Save the Children – UK for its ongoing cooperation in the efforts towards promoting and protecting children’s rights in the occupied Palestinian territory.
He thanked the participants for their commitment and expressed his hope that the content of the workshop had met their expectations in terms of improving their knowledge of Resolution 1612 and its mechanisms; developing their skills in MRM concerning violations of child rights in armed conflict; and mechanisms aiming to improve the protection of children who are the victims of the Israeli occupation, siege, and armed conflict.
Younis asserted the importance of using as well as transferring the knowledge and skills acquired from the workshop to their colleagues and groups targeted for interventions.
Participants would then be achieving a principal objective of the workshop, which is to contribute to, promote, and protect the child rights.
At-Taibi thanked the participants for their interest in acquiring as much information as much and in enhancing their skills through the workshop sessions.
She also thanked Al Mezan for holding such workshops and for its ongoing cooperation with SCUK.
At-Taibi expressed her hope that the workshop had met expectations and increased motivation to develop work on MRM concerning violations of child rights in armed conflict.
The workshop consisted of 24 hours delivered over four consecutive days.
The participants were introduced to: the Convention on the Rights of the Child; child rights protection mechanisms and related UN resolutions; the protection of women and children in armed conflict; and the 1612 MRM concerning the violations of child rights in situations of armed conflict.
At the end of the workshop the participants were presented with certificates.