Dignity International Workshop with Human RIghts Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) PDF Print E-mail


“The information gained from this workshop is important for us because topics like human rights, political rights and empowerment are not openly discussed in our country,”


In November, Dignity International (DI) and Human Rights Education Institute of Burma co-organised a three day workshop on Human Rights-Based Approach to Development from the 22nd - 24th November in Bangkok, Thailand. All in all, eleven participants (men and women) attended the three-day interactive workshop and its proceedings. The trainee participants are currently working with different non-profit organisations, movements, including the media in Myanmar.




The workshop focused on Human Rights Based Approaches that aims to build capacities and understanding of human rights frame work and its linkages to developmental work through participatory approach. It provided space for knowledge sharing, discussions, group activities using popular educational modules, and was able to encourage a tolerant culture to diversity regardless of religion, social status, and gender.


From left: Jerald Joseph (Executive Director DI),
Cherry Zahau (HREIB) and Saadia Haq (DI TUT trainer)



Executive Director, Dignity International, Jerald Joseph and Saadia Haq, Dignity TUT Trainer conducted the different sessions during the workshop. They were supported by Aung Myo Min, Director of HREIB for bringing more in-depth knowledge of human rights situation in Myanmar.


Participants were guided step-by-step through sessions that included “Basic Human Rights, UDHR, Linking CP to ESR, Human Rights based Approach to Development, Non-discrimination, Accountability, Participation, Empowerment, State Obligations, and Contextual Case studies.



One particular highlight was the viewing of a video documentary focusing on “Right to Information and Corruption.” It is an MKSS crusade effort from India about the state's corruption, withholding information and the mobilisation of the local community. This stimulation resulted in an open space where all the participants processed their own struggle for human rights inside Myanmar.


The workshop ended with an open discussion amongst the participants and facilitators. Most of the participants showed keen interest in using their new learning(s) in their own organisational work focus and their rights-based activism inside Myanmar.

Such steps are deemed as positive indicators for bringing about change in Myanmar, with hope that the human rights situation will improve in coming times.


Contributed by Saadia Haq

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