D. Human Rights Defending & Community Mobilizing Project
- To strengthen the community participation and coordination to defense the human rights violations by means of non-violence
- To introduce the community leaders and civil society leaders the techniques of defending human rights violations that happens in their community
- To encourage to practically involving in activities or movement related to their rights and defending human rights violations happened in the communities.
Assessment for Project Implementation:
Although these communities have been stable and less suffer if compared in the period before ceasefire, but they are still suffered from the human rights violations: such as conscription of forced labour; illegal tax and extortion; restriction against their livelihood; restriction against the ethnic nationalities’ rights for education and culture rights; land and properties confiscation; etc. But these types of human rights are not well protected by the ceasefire group – NMSP
While the ethnic and democratic politicians, and NMSP revolutionary leaders could not protect the civilians for those human rights violations, the Mon civilians (or villagers) themselves came into as groups and tried to protect themselves. Especially the educated persons in the community, the Buddhist monks have been involved to defense human rights violations and to have a justice. NMSP officials also have some input behind scene in re-establishing ‘Civil Society’ groups in the rural areas and to have the capacities of the communities stronger than before.
If the communities are strong and more human rights defenders, they could involve in many things in defending their own human rights. But they require the technique, knowledge and network from the individuals or organizations who worked for the protection of human rights. HURFOM’s Coordinator for this Project tried to get complete and more accurate information for this project then arranged meeting/small workshops in the communities and provided.
- Supporting information about laws, human rights and human rights defending techniques (to the community people)
- Creating media contact and networks among the communities
- Mon CBOs (Community Based Organizations) Seminar – Networking for Community Empowerment