UNAMI Human Rights Office launches Study Tour for NGOs in Iraq


The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) launched a Study Tour for NGOs in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). The study tour focuses on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, including how NGOs can obtain consultative status. Representatives of 17 NGOs and related institutions in Iraq and the KR-I (12 men and 5 women) are benefiting from the study tour. The first part of the study tour (21-23 November) took place in Amman, Jordan. UNAMI HRO delivered three days of training sessions in cooperation with the National Center of Human Rights in Jordan and the Geneva Institute for Human Rights. These training sessions aimed to refresh the knowledge of the participants about international mechanisms for the protection of human rights, the role of NGOs in promoting human rights, and the importance of obtaining ECOSOC consultative status. The second part of the study will examine coordination and consultation between the UN human rights system and civil society in the Middle East as well as the rules for working with ECOSOC.