Monitoring skills training for the Provedoria will improve oversight of human rights and good governance

Monitoring skills training for the Provedoria will improve oversight of human rights and good governance

Monitors from the Provedoria for Human Rights and Justice apply their training in a practical exercise in Caicoli, Dili. Photo: Masako Yokoyama/UNDP

In an effort to improve the quality of monitoring of human rights and good governance issues, more than 30 staff members from the Provedoria for Human Rights and Justice (PDHJ)  recently participated in a workshop on monitoring and survey methodologies conducted on 18-22 August 2014.

Highlights

  • The week long training for regional and head office staff was designed to increase the PDHJ’s ability to use scientific tools to design and conduct surveys (including questionnaires and interviews), analyze the collected data and release the findings in comprehensive reports.
  • Monitoring human rights and good governance issues has been one of the key activities of the PDHJ in 2014 and UNDP’s Capacity Building Project has supported this effort with intensive skills training and mentoring support.
  • Regular monitoring of human rights and good governance issues and the release of monitoring reports by PDHJ allows for greater oversight of Government action by Parliament and civil society.

 

The week long training for regional and head office staff was designed to increase the PDHJ’s ability to use scientific tools to design and conduct surveys (including questionnaires and interviews), analyze the collected data and release  the findings in comprehensive reports. 

 

“We were able to practice survey techniques for the first time using our portable electronic tablets which are very easy to use and will improve our monitoring in future field work”,  said Mr. Valerio Ximenes, PDHJ’s National Director of Human Rights. “The training was very practical. We broke into small teams and used our skills in designing and creating surveys to conduct field exercises in the Caicoli area of Dili.”

 

Monitoring human rights and good governance issues has been one of the key activities of the PDHJ in 2014 and UNDP’s Capacity Building Project has supported this effort with intensive skills training and mentoring support. This was the fifth technical monitoring skills training programme facilitated by the UNDP this year.

 

The PDHJ recently announced the release of two important human rights monitoring reports which apply these skills and knowledge. The first report relates to monitoring State actions taken against the Revolutionary Council of Maubere and the Popular Resistance Committee of Timor-Leste.  The second relates to a cooperative effort between Indonesia’s national human rights institution, Komnas Ham and the PDHJ, inquiring into Timorese children who were separated from their parents during the conflict period (1975 to 1999).   

 

Regular monitoring of human rights and good governance issues and the release of monitoring reports by PDHJ allows for greater oversight of Government action by Parliament and civil society.   It is hoped that by increasing the number and rigour of the PDHJ’s monitoring activities, the Government’s compliance with human rights and good governance principles will improve. The PDHJ will also use its technical monitoring skills to conduct a public perception survey on the PDHJ’s effectiveness and mandate.  Results from the survey will help the PDHJ to focus its work and identify areas for future improvement. 

 

The PDHJ has a broad human rights and good governance mandate.  Its powers include complaint handling, investigation, monitoring and education and promotion activities. The PDHJ also has a role in integrating human rights and good governance principles into the legislation and practices of Timor-Leste. 

 

Funding for this training programme was provided by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and USAID.

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