2013 FOLLOW-UP REGARDING OTHER COUNTRIES
In 2013, GHR has close working relations with many Colombian NGOs, in particular with the Colombian Commission of Jurists (CCJ). Meetings with the CCJ took place in Geneva on 26 February and 21 March to review the initiatives at the HR-Council and to discuss justice issues during the peace process.
Since its active involvement in the preparation and follow-up of the Hague Consultation (January 2008), GHR conducted training Courses in Sri Lanka, welcomed in its Geneva Courses a dozen of defenders from that country and provided guidance and orientation at all the meetings of the Sri Lanka consultation. At the invitation of the German NGOs coalition on Sri Lanka, GHR President gave on 17 April 2013 a lecture in Berlin at the Round-Table on Sri Lanka (Round-Table) of the Heinrich-Boll Foundation. Theme was ‘Human rights and the rule of law in Sri Lanka; elements for a road map for a development policy’. The conference was conducted in German and chaired by Ms. Ute Koczy, member of the Parliament and Spokesperson of the Green Party (‘Die Grune’). On this occasion, he also attended the meeting of the German NGOs coalition on Sri Lanka, which took place in the Office of Bread for the World.
In 2013, GHR continued to provide training and orientation to human rights defenders from Papua (Indonesia). One Papuan trainee attended the Geneva Course of September.
On 11 April 2013, GHR participated in the meeting of the Coordination Board of the International Coalition for Papua (ICP). With the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Franciscans International, GHR hosted in Geneva the International Consultation on Papua. Entitled ‘Isolating Papua’, the Consultation took place in the WCC Headquarters on 23 and 24 September in the presence of dozens of defenders from the territory and of many international NGOs. The ICP Board and Assembly meetings were held on that occasion.
In 2013, GHR President chaired two side-events on the situation in Papua, on 4 June (with speakers from international NGOs), and the second one on 25 September (with Papuan and Indonesian Representatives).
On 16 March 2013, GHR welcomed in Geneva a Delegation of Nepalese NGOs, members of the ‘Accountability Watch Committee’ (AWC). The group had a brainstorming with GHR on the evolution of the situation in Nepal, the trends in the HR-Council and the forthcoming training initiatives.