Workshops 2014

Please note that the workshops comprise of 7 parallel tracks over two days, covering different topics, so you can choose the topic that suits you or your organisation best. The first 5 topics in the agenda (A-E) involve longer training sessions and consist of 2-4 parts. The final two sessions (F-G) are once off. Please consider if you want to choose the longer sessions or the shorter ones. The language is specified for each of the workshops so you have the option to participate in English, English with Russian translation or Russian.

  • Digital Security, part 1 – Secure communication and encryption, Mr. Martin Löwdin

    Most of us would be upset if our regular ordinary mail was systematically opened and read on its way from sender to receiver. But when we communicate by email, chat or phone we seem to neglect the fact that this could be done systematically and on a massive scale.

    For human rights defenders all over the word secure communication is a crucial security concern. This session will deal with strategies for how to communicate over Internet in a more secure way, but also discuss why there might be reasons to make encrypted communication a standard rather than exception. The session is useful for human rights defenders who want to learn more about encryption, what tools are available for email, chat and phones, and what strategies to apply when sending messages encrypted.

  • Digital Security, part 2 – Internet circumvention and anonymity online, Mr. Andrew Lewman

    Many human rights defenders face serious risks when being active online. In some countries websites are blocked and Internet traffic is closely monitored. This session focuses on how to circumvent Internet censorship and how to hide your tracks when being active online.

    The session also raises the question about anonymity in general from a personal integrity perspective. In some very repressive countries it is not enough only to browse the Internet safely, you must also hide your tracks on your computer. Linus Nordberg from the Tor Project will present and demonstrate how the tools Tor and Tails work in practice so that you can protect your privacy and anonymity.

  • Personal Security, part 1 – How to cope with psychological pressure, Mr. Alaksiej Carniajeu

    Psychological manipulation is a common coercive technique used by repressive governments, or other opponents, against human rights defenders and those that they try to protect.

    In stressful situations we react instinctively and irrationally, which makes us more vulnerable for manipulation and pressure. This training will highlight the most pertinent questions surrounding the psychological aspects of security. It will look at strategies for how to resist attempts of psychological pressure and manipulation by the police or other agents. It will also look at how you can better prepare yourself to react more rational in a stressful situation.

  • Personal security, part 2 – Witness and victim protection, Mr. Alaksiej Carniajeu

    Human rights defenders often work closely with witnesses or victims of human rights violations. Sensitive information is shared and documented and the human rights defender has a great responsibility not to compromise the security of these informants.

    This session will focus on what human rights defenders and human rights organisations can do, with limited resources, to strengthen the security when handling information. How can they protect the anonymity of individuals and what can be done to protect someone physically?

  • Successful use of social media in repressive contexts, part 1-2, Mr. Emin Milli

    Internet injected a new impetus in the work of the technology savvy human rights defenders. Almost all human rights defenders are under pressure, in one way or the other, linked to their internet activities. Some share their struggle and achievements on social media. Others solely depend on their personal or group blogs and social media platforms to inform their community (virtual and real/physical).

    But using Internet to promote and defend human rights in repressive societies is not an easy task. Repressive regimes are becoming more and more technologically equipped to monitor, censor or completely block critical contents on the Internet. In some countries, the authorities put a number of legal constraints in place to discourage citizens. In other countries such activities are criminalised. On the other hand, Internet provides access to the community with less cost and time. If linked with activities on the ground, Internet can obviously be an effective tool to inform and mobilise the public.

  • Strategic human rights litigation, part 1-2, Ms. Arpine Avetisyan

    Strategic human rights litigation has become one of the most powerful tools in advancing law and enhancing social change. This workshop will unravel the notion of strategic litigation and provide a step-by-step guide on how to successfully run human rights cases: from identifying the right case, working with the victim to developing the strategies on national, regional and international levels.

    Participants will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of strategic litigation and how it can be used as part of a wider advocacy strategy to maximise its impact. The workshop will focus on the advancements made regarding human rights law at the European Court of Human Rights, while at the same time reflecting on other regional mechanisms and UN Treaty bodies.

    The sessions will be interactive with the opportunity for participants to share their own experiences through examples. We will discuss and consider the best strategies for advancing participants’ sample cases and how best to use them in their advocacy work.

  • Video campaigning, part 1-4, Mr. Chris Michael

    These workshops, divided in 4 parts, will cover how you can develop powerful stories and create effective videos that move your audiences to action. It will feature methods for video advocacy and discuss how human rights defenders may (or may not) best use video to support their documentation and advocacy work.
    The training is rooted in over a decade of successful collaborations with social change campaigns. With a specialization in supporting human rights defenders and communities at risk, the training does not just focus on how to get great footage or amplify a powerful story, but how to work safely and ethically to best protect everyone involved. The workshop is open to new and advanced filmmakers, and will focus on video for change strategy.
  • Info-activism for human rights, Ms. Alaá Shehabi

    Bahrain Watch is an independent research and advocacy organisation that seeks to promote effective, transparent and accountable governance in Bahrain. Bahrain Watch was established after the February 2011 uprising and subsequent security crackdown in Bahrain to uncover the truth of the crackdown and its aftermath.

    Through their Stop the Shipmen campaign, they have mobilized significant interest and international support to end the import of tear gas to Bahrain from, in particular, South Korea and South Africa. Through targeted research, media work and video advocacy, Stop the Shipment has made significant progress in a short space of time. Join this session to learn more about the campaign, and about their strategic thinking.

  • Efficient use of human rights mechanisms, part 1-2, Mr. Christophe Peschoux

    When, how and why would you contact a Special Rapporteur? This session will provide concrete ideas on how human rights defenders can make the best use of UN special procedures. Is the Universal Periodic Review a good human rights tool for you? Hear the ins and outs of UPR and how human rights organisations and networks can make effective use of the UPR process.

  • The force of compelling presentations, Mr. Ruben Brunsveld

    What is closest to your heart can be the most difficult to present in a brief and clear way. Leaders and key staff of human rights organisations are exposed to many situations where they have to present their organisation to politicians, decision-makers, international partners and donors.

    In a few minutes the work of the organisation, its importance and core values should be conveyed to the listeners. In this session Ruben Brunsveld, an expert in public speech and rhetoric, will provide the participants with useful advice for how to effectively bring the best out of your organisational presentations.