Mountain Youth Resource and Social Welfare Organization, a youth led organization based in Gilgit-Baltistan, organized 3-day-long training session on human rights, democracy and peace building in Gulmit, Gojal. The session’s objective was to train young trainers who could replicate the training in their respective districts.
Participants from three districts of Gilgit-Baltistan- Ghizer, Gilgit and Hunza Nagar- participated in the training session, which organized in collaboration with NED. History and theories of human rights, democracy and peace building were discussed in the session.
A major component of the training was to acquaint the participants with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was also reviewed in the context of Gilgit-Baltistan. Israr Uddin, Provincial Coordinator HRCP GB, gave presentation on human rights violations in Gilgit-Baltistan and discussed the political and constitutional situation of GB.
Group discussions and interactive presentations were also part of the training session. Moreover, a documentary film titled “Burning Paradise” about Swat Valley was also screened, which is produced by IRC Lahore and directed by Nisar Ahmed. The film highlights the human rights violation that took place in the valley during the Taliban took over the valley.
Nisar Ahmed, Chairman MYRO, gave presentation on the history and different waves of democracy in universal context. The success of democracy in Pakistan democracy and the flaws in the democratic process were also discussed in an interactive session. Tariq Hussain Shah, President Gilgit Press Club, delivered lecture on the role of Gilgit-Baltistan’s local media in sustaining democracy in the region and the hardship journalists face in their efforts to highlight human rights violations. He further discussed the role of media in minimizing sectarian violence in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Renowned Scholar Waeez Aslam delivered lecture on role of youth for peace building in Gilgit-Baltistan. With reference to Quran and Hadees, he conceptualized how Islam has emphasized on peace and harmony within and outside the community. He emphasized on the youth to play active role to minimize sectarian sectarian violence in Gilgit-Baltistan. Participants posed several questions to Aslam regarding peace in the context of Islam. A short documentary film called “Art for peace” was screened and later interactive discussion was held with a focus on the role of art in peace.
The participating youth also observed World Youth Day for Democracy on October 18th 2015 where they appreciated the effort of all those youngsters, who are contributing to move democracy ahead. Exposure visit was also conducted on World Youth Day for Democracy where the Gilgit youth got the opportunity to get expose to the heritage of Gojal. Moreover, Sohail AD and his team from Satranga Cultural Development Organization Lahore participated in training session and trained local artists in using interactive theater to high light social issues of the region.
Irfan Ali Taj, Communication Officer MYRO, gave presentation about MTV and its significance to high light democratic values in Gilgit-Baltistan. The participants were acquainted on report writing, blogs, videos and audio documentaries.
In the ending ceremony, President Ismaili Council for Gulmit Nazir Ahmed Bulbul, Chairman Gojal Organization for Local Network Mr. Rasheed, social activist Haider Murad, Israr Uddin of HRCP GB and President Gilgit Press Club Tariq Hussain distributed certificates among the participants. The entire panel of guests and speakers appreciated MYRO’s effort and thanked NED for its support for youth in such remote region.
The management of MYRO gave training manuals to all the participants on Human Rights, Democracy and Peace Building prepared by MYRO, which can help them to replicate the trainings in their respective districts.