Beirut – A training course for young human rights activists has been held at Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor’s office in Beirut, Lebanon. The course focused on the right to access information and the promotion of human rights.

The training aimed to give young people an understanding of the legal framework governing the right to access information based on pertinent laws, decrees, and judicial rulings, as well as an overview of different approaches taken by official administrations and stakeholders since Lebanon’s adoption of the Right to Access to Information Law in 2017.

Under the title “The Legal Framework for the Right to Access Information: How Can the Law be Used to Promote Human Rights in Lebanon?”, the training serves as part of a series of both theoretical and practical trainings organised by Euro-Med Monitor in Lebanon on legal frameworks to combat corruption and how to use them to promote human rights.

The training was divided into two main sessions. Mohammad Moghabat, Director of Euro-Med Monitor’s Office in Lebanon, led the first session, which introduced participants to the laws and international obligations that both Lebanese law and the Right to Access to Information Law contain, and the particular provisions that guarantee and regulate the right to access information in Lebanon. The legal framework was examined for further application through the lens of its amendment, its implementing decree, and several court rulings.

The session also included working groups. Trainees were split into three sections to examine specific cases pertaining to the application of the information access right’s legal framework. Each group then presented its proposed solutions based on the framework, and the results were discussed among all of the trainees.

Ayman Dandash, a governance and advocacy affairs specialist, led the second session of the training, which instructed trainees on how to submit information requests to official departments and how to gather information from them. During this session, participants received also training on how to improve and develop human rights advocacy campaigns, as well as how to use the legal framework of the right to access information to improve accountability in the municipal, health, education, and environmental sectors, and guidance on creating and delivering mini-campaigns.

Euro-Med Monitor is scheduled to conduct the third training in the series next week. The series will cover such topics as the legal framework for fighting corruption in Lebanon, the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s operations, and the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s role in promoting human rights in Lebanon, in addition to the use of public procurement law to enhance and develop public services related to human rights.

These trainings are in line with the goals of Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor. The Geneva-based organisation’s strategic plan involves educating its target groups about human rights, and empowering them to take part in human rights activism to protect their own rights as well as those of their communities.