The 5th edition of Human Rights Training in Multidimensional Peace Support Missions Course has commenced at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on Tuesday 2 July 2019.
The Course will equip Human Rights Officers with the necessary knowledge, skills, and technical competencies needed to support human rights in peace operations in Africa.
According to the Deputy German Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Hans-Helge Sander, the Course was developed based on a need expressed by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) at KAIPTC in 2013. The African Union (AU) also proposed the need for qualified human rights training because of the high demand for human rights experts in peace supports missions in the sub region.
He stated that in the context of conflict and post-conflict situations, national authorities had often lost the necessary capacity, resources and expertise to ensure human rights protection hence, human rights experts called upon to fill that vacuum.
Mr Hans-Helge Sander expressed his gratitude to the Commandant KAIPTC, Air Vice Marshal Evans Griffiths Santrofi for the successful collaboration between the Centre, German government and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in ensuring the possible realisation of the Course.
The Commandant KAIPTC expressed his appreciation to the German government for their continuous funding and enormous support toward the course over the years.
He noted that the course was based on operational modules which would equip the participants with information on the legal framework for human rights protection mandates, documentation and reportage on human rights violation and best strategies for protecting the vulnerable in the region.