Inauguration of “the Union of Arab Human Rights Defenders”
A group of leaderships and activists of Arab human rights organizations from six countries announced the formation of the founding committee that would work to inaugurate the Arab Human Rights Defenders Union (AHRDU). And today, 1th-October-2009, the founding committee unveiled the founding charter of AHRDU or “Union of Arab Defenders”. It aims actually to create a democratic and regulatory entity that includes all human rights defenders of relevant organizations and individuals as well as protecting them and enhancing their abilities in the domain of human rights. The union also gropes for drawing a framework for dialog, coordination, joint work and solidarity between NGOs and defenders, whether individuals or organizations.
Meanwhile, AHRDU is to approach the rest of Arab, regional and international organizations, concerned with human rights defenders in an effort to cooperate and exchange expertise in all fields in addition to enhancing dialog and coordination with these all so as to help support human rights defenders. Still, exposed defending activists will be provided with legal, moral and material protection and trainings on means of their protection. And we should not forget developing the enlightenment about human rights defenders and organization of meetings, seminars, congresses and workshops.
On the other side, AHRDU will activate all means of informational activity that would express opinions of volunteers and activists of organizations, members of the union. Also, it can unit the contributions of members and work to develop the union’s own resources according to its goals and purposes, when necessary. AHRDU is to monitor human rights defenders tribunals, provide lawyers for the cases of human rights defenders in addition to preparing studies and researches on human rights defenders.