ِAnnual report(1st year of the project)
Reporting Period: From 1st January 2010 to 1st January 2011
1. The activities
Describe the results of the activities that occurred during the reporting period. If modifications were made to any activities, please explain what has changed and why.
Activities 1.1 and 2.1: Medical and Organisational Development Peer Exchanges.
*A training was carried out on September 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2010 by Rindala Farhat under the title of “The Development of Administrative Capacity in Planning and Command's” and addressed to Khiam Centre’s staff. The training covered the definition of management concept, not only according to senior management, but to all employees’ levels, as every person with responsibilities is an administrative person and has a goal and resources, and therefore is in a management position. The training also covered the system of administrative practices, decision-making characteristics, planning, the importance of time management, exploitation as well as communication.
Module One: The Role of the Middle Manager
Strengths assessment, the scope of middle management role, building credibility and trust, and result management.
Module two: Politics with Integrity
Organizational culture, appreciating organizational dynamics, recognizing the politics in internal processes and relationships, valuing different perspectives, the art of getting things done, management and ethics, assessing the needs in the organization ,developing the power base, inspiring others in the network to take action, promoting a culture of trust
Module three: Linking Strategy to Action
Implementing a strategic direction, balancing strategic planning with implementation, middle managers as strategy ambassadors and activists, identifying the different departments strengths, weaknesses and competitive advantage, scanning the business environment, translating strategy into measurable outcomes, ensuring people get and stay focused on the right results, building momentum using measures and milestones, and communicating results up and down the hierarchy
Module Four: Making Tough Decisions
What makes a decision challenging, dealing with the unknown, problems and dilemmas, recognizing cognitive and personal biases, exercising good judgment when making ethical decisions, decision-making styles, identifying a person own style, flexing a person’s style to gain buy-in, applying a decision-making model, employing a step-by-step process, generating and prioritizing options, weighing decision criteria, minimizing conflict’s potential, and making appropriate trade-offs
Module Five: Expanding Your Influence across Your Organization
Eliminating “solo” thinking, defining a person’s own circle of influence, gaining support and commitment from others, the power of networking, broadening the network through personal and professional connections, creating alliances to effect positive action, and identifying pivotal links across the organization
Module Six: Engaging and Mobilizing Others
Leveraging team performance for strategic results, supporting improved individual and team performance, eliminating performance barriers, fostering ownership, accountability and teamwork in team management, effectively integrating new team members, harnessing individual strengths, motivating others through a shared vision, aligning individual purpose with organizational goals, promoting individual talents and skills, orchestrating cross-generational understanding, respecting different values and approaches, and deciphering and interpreting style differences
PS As for The Medical training, it has been postponed for the second year of the project 2011.
Activity 1.3: Developing shared strategies for addressing the needs of victims of torture, through regional and thematic seminars
From the 18th till the 21st of October 2010, the regional seminar on “Quality Management” for rehabilitation centres in MENA and North Africa was held in Beirut at Bella Riva Hotel by Dr. Mawlay Ahmad Al Douraidy. The main objectives of the training were to:
1- Emphasize on the importance of quality assurance and its processes in rehabilitation centers for victims and survivors of torture
2- Accompany the project’s actors to ensure tools development and to assess the quality of activities
3- Train the participants on how to collect quality indicators
4- Help the participants realize the need for analyzing qualitative data by tracking indicators
5- Accompany the actors to develop necessary work methods and procedures for the centers’ proper functioning to ensure quality services and good projects governance
6- Agree on the program’s components of the directory to ensure the quality of rehabilitation centers for victims of torture
7- Agree on the procedures’ components of the manual to ensure good governance
- Develop a plan to ensure that quality standards are respected in rehabilitation centers
- Benefit from trainings to promote the centers to the desired level (especially the ones that cover governance and management)
- Contribute to the development of the beneficiaries’ skills and programs
- Identify quality of work and learn new skills in the field of rehabilitation of torture victims
- Exchange experiences with the participants in relation with the centers and projects management
- Come up with mechanisms and recommendations that lead the centers to quality services
- Identify the other centres’ experiences of improving the level of service provided to victims
- Enhance management in the field of administrative and organizational development
- Improve learning related to writing reports, grant proposals and good governance
Activity 3.2: Co-ordinated advocacy and campaigning to lobby regional and international bodies to recognise and act on the position of IRCT member centres; to facilitate centres’ participation in ordinary sessions and court hearings; and to protect and promote human rights in general
• Workshop on “Women in the Lebanese Prison, Reality and Fate”.
KRC organized a workshop about the miserable situations of female prisoners. General Ashraf Rifi (general director of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces), local NGOs, and a representative of the ministry of Justice attended the workshop.
The workshop presented and discussed the situation of female prisoners in Lebanese prisons and covered the following issues:
a. Their suffering
b. Their rehabilitation
c. Their merging in society
d. Making prisons a place to reform and not to learn new criminal and illegal techniques which they were not aware of before entering the prison
e. Demanding the Lebanese government to form a national prevention mechanism to control prisons
In the end, there was an open discussion in which participants took part and presented their suggestions and recommendations which were mostly directed to the Lebanese government and inviting it to form a national prevention mechanism to control prisons.
Suggestions and Recommendations:
• Amend the texts of the Lebanese Penal Code because the long-standing settings are no longer consistent with the changes that took place in the country and with reality
• Resolve the overcrowding problem in Lebanese prisons, as solving the overcapacity is a first and primordial step in their reform process
• Work on developing and implementing a comprehensive reform plan that covers the different health, psychological and social.
• Implement a plan to follow up on prisoners after their release and sort out a kind of sponsorship to guaranty their non return to prison
• Study and examine the prisoners’ status and the circumstances that led him to commit the offense and develop an action plan to support and resolve the problem accordingly
• Develop a law on implementation of sanctions in place
• Adopt sanctions that are alternative to imprisonment
• Support NGOs that are working in prisons to enable them pursuing their work
• Implement special programs for prisoners and change the society’s negative perception of Lebanese prisons
• Invite the Ministry of Education to raise awareness in schools about prisoners rights
• Apply and respect the international prisoners rights and legislations that fight violence and torture
• Submit a study to the Prime Minister related to prisons so he takes notice of the traumatic reality in Lebanese prisons.
• On the occasion of the International Day for Human Rights, Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture organized two events:
1- An “Open Dialogue” held on December 2, 2010 entitled, “ Lebanon After the Universal Periodic Review”.
Representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Mirna Khawli, representative of Ministry of Justice, Ms. Marlene Al Jorr, representative of the Security Forces, General Charbel Matar, and many other local and international NGOS attended the event and discussed the status of human rights in Lebanon.
M. Mohammad Safa, the Secretary General of KRC, gave a speech on the event and declared the importance of the government’s good intention of launching the human right map and the establishment of a committee to prevent torture and violence. The dialog included discussions on the important role of the local and the international NGOs, as well as the government’s effect in prevailing human rights.
The participants came up with many recommendations:
• Activate the role of the civil society associations through the holding monthly coordinating meetings.
• Prepare a Shadow Report before holding the sixth session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2011.
• Prepare a comprehensive document on the report and conduct a dialogue with the government.
• Urge the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons against Enforced Disappearance.
• Launch a wide campaign against sectarianism and discrimination.
• Urge the government to issue a united law of personal status.
• Give the woman who is married to a foreigner the right of nationality.
• Consider the 10th of December an International Day for Human Rights, and take an advantage of this day to launch movements against discrimination, torture, sectarianism, and arbitrary enforced disappearance.
• Solidarity with the hunger strikers in Lebanese prisons.
• Modify labour laws, especially with regard the employees of the public sector.
• Amendment of Article 8 of the Procedural Law.
• Reject using the human rights draft for political purposes.
• Emphasize on the formation of the national preventive mechanism to monitor prisons.
2- A sit-in that was held on December 10, 2010 in front of Riad el Solh Square where mothers of disappeared, human rights activists, and KRC staff stood to call for equal rights to all. The participants held signs and posters that call for stopping discrimination and sectarianism. On behalf of the families, Ms Mary Ghawi spoke about the sufferings they confront day by day, while the absence of the clear consciences prevails, and the silence overwhelms their minds. Yet, she presented the white rose to all those, hoping that one day, a wake up rise to break the silence of those who continue ignoring and violating human rights conventions. She also presented the white roses as a gift of appreciation to all those who have clear consciences and those who value human rights.
KRC published a statement on this day entitled “No for Discrimination”. The statement expressed the Lebanese common suffering and the miserable facts that overwhelms Lebanon at all levels, whether educational, legal, social and/or medical. It also mentioned the refugees who undergo critical and miserable situations. Moreover, the statement emphasized on urging everyone to put an end to the marginalization and oppression of refuges, prisoners and the victims of enforced disappearance.
KRC considered that sectarianism is another face of torture and a crime against human rights. Therefore, it invites all human rights organizations and international associations to fight all forms of discrimination.
Equipment and Supplies:
- Publishing a brochure on the occasion of June 26
- A radio spot on the occasion of June 26
- Publishing a brochure on the UPR
- Publishing IRCT documentations