Interventions: Human Rights Advocacy & Monitoring:
Capacity Building...

Workshop and Report Release on Human Rights in a Conflict Situation

12th October
The programme started at 10 A.M. with Mr. Rajesh Singh Sisodia welcoming the participants on behalf of both PAIRVI and Nange Paon.
 
He took it further by giving a general overview of the Human Rights situation in the State of Chhattisgarh. He explained about the conflict situation in the State and then went on to Introduce Mr. Aungshem, a trainer on LCP i.e. Local Capacity for peace Programme, who had been especially called from Manipur to give the participants a training on dealing with situations in conflict areas with the aid of the LCP framework. With this he handed over the Session to Mr. Aung Shem for a providing the participants with a detailed schedule of the Workshop.
 
Mr.Aung Shem, formally initiated the work shop by introducing himself and taking the introduction of the participant as well. He then went on to explain the need of LCP and its basic framework. A general outline of the whole framework and its focal points were enunciated.
 
After a brief sketch of the LCP framework, a case study was taken up which helped the participants understand the need of the LCP framework in a conflict situation. The case was that of the conflict situation in Tazakistan. It brought out the reasons for war between the two main communities residing there, the after math of the war, the wide scale destruction, the subsequent attempts of establishing peace by the locals, the intervention of the SCF for the rehabilitation process and its failure. He then went on to explain the role of DIVIDERS and CONNECTORS in any peace keeping or heeling process. 
This was followed by an interactive session which made the people open up andtalk about the Divider and the connecters in the given case.
At the end of the day, assignment was given to the participants to find out more dividers and connecters in a situation.
 
13th October
After taking a note of the assignment by the participants, Mr. Aung Sem went on to elaborate the various components of the LCP framework and their inter linkage as well as the working of the framework as a whole.
 
The main kind of Dividers and Connecters are :
  • Systems and Institutions 
  • Attiude and Actions
  • Values and Interests
  • Experiences
  • Symbols and Occasions
The Aid used to moderate between the two are:
  • Where
  • What
  • When
  • Who
  • Through Whom
These reasons may either produce conflict or peace.
 
Thus after fitting our situation into the framework we need to find better options which would increase the number of Connecters and decrease the number of Dividers. Then we do the redesigning of the whole programme.
He also talked about implicit cal message which may increase the dividers such as Armed Guards, Mistrust, Assistant workers impunity, different values for different lives, powerlessness, tension, suspicion, publicity, etc.
The next topic dealt was Resource Transfer such as Theft, Market effect, Substitution effect and legislation effect.
 
14th October
There was a recap of the whole programme and the LCP framework was put in the local conflict situation of Chhattisgarh and its use was demonstrated by means of Role Plays. Thus the LCP framework can be used to analyze the existing Programme, redesign it, monitor and evaluate it.
 
Later feedback forms were given to the participants and on analyzing them, it was concluded that the participants were satisfied with the training programme and wanted more of such kind of programmes to be held simultaneously.
Since there was difficulty in the communication process as most of the participants could not understand English, simultaneous sessions in Hindi were taken, by Smita.