Brief Report

3rd Participatory Course on Democracy and Human Rights


The 2nd Module of 3rd Participatory Course on Democracy and Human Rights (PCDHR) was held on February 1-8, 2013 at Dar-ul-Mussarat Training Institute Lahore under the auspices of Center for Human Rights Education-Pakistan with the support of National Endowment for Democracy (NED).  
22 Human Rights Defenders/Educators and university students from different areas of Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber pakhtoonkhawa attended this course. The first module of the PCDHR was held in September, 2012 with the same group.    
PCDHR is an in-depth long-duration learning program for human rights defenders, university students, journalists, political activists, which puts a strong emphasis on transfer of learning. Therefore the participants are required to develop an individual plan to ensure that the learnings are put into practice.
The course is conducted in a participatory methodology to enhance the understanding of the participants on the concept of Human Rights and Democracy and to strengthen their skills to work effectively for the protection and promotion of human rights.
The course has got a significant recognition nationally and internationally and a huge competition has been observed for the selection in the PCDHR. Centre for Human Rights Education received 250 applications for the 2012/2013 PCDHR and the participants of the course under report are selected out of these huge number of applicants.

The 2nd Module of 3rd PCDHR began with   an Open Forum on “Election 2013: Effective participation of religious minorities & other marginalized groups” at Lahore Press Club.  The forum was participated by the participant of the course, representatives of civil society groups, members of the transgender and religious monitories. 

The forum aimed to discuss the hurdles to the effective representation and participation of Pakistan’s Religious Minorities, women, transgenders and other marginalized sections of the society in the overall political process, especially in the upcoming elections





Mr. Akram Masih Gill
Federal Minister for Interfaith Harmony

Ms. Begum Zakia Shahnawaz
Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab

Mr. Rana Aslam
Deputy Director Elections (Election Commission Punjab)

Mr. Naeem Shakir Advocate
Member Central Executive Committee Awami Worker Party

Ms. Amna Ulfat
Member Provincial Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-Q

Mr. Farooq Tariq
Secretary General-Awami Worker Party

Aashi Butt
Representative of the Transgenders Community

Ms. Shamsa Ali
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf

Mr. Samson Salamat
Director, Centre for Human Rights Education













Media Coverage: Online links are as follow

Session Content
Research on Human Rights Issues

  • Participatory Rural Appraisal   (PRA) and its tools
    • Focused Group Discussion
    • Decade matrix
    • Social mapping
    • Seasonal Calendar

Ms. Shazia Shaheen
Mr. Ahmed Raza Khan

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Sharing
  • Group Work

Exposure visit
The participants, facilitators and CHRE staff  travelled to Village Cheena Arla, Kote Radha Kishan in the district Kasur, about 100km from the training venue in Lahore to practice the tools of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) such as Seasonal Calendar, Mapping, Social Mapping, Focused Group Discussion, Decade Matrix, and Well-being Ranking.  

The participants were divided into different groups and they interacted with the women and men in the village to practice their designated assignment.

Ms. Shazia Shaheen was the key facilitator during the whole process while Mr. Ahmad Raza Khan supported as the co-facilitator. 

4th February

Report Writing

  • Project Narrative Report
  • Activity Report
  • Human Rights violations Report
  • Facts Finding/ Case studies

Ms. Shazia Shaheen

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Group Work
  • Sharing
  • Questions & answers


Dialogue on US-Pak Relations

An informal dialogue was held Ms. Dion Andrea Dee Shorts, Political Office of the US Consulate in Lahore.
Ms. Shorts spoke on the issues related to human rights and democracy and briefed about initiatives of US to promote human rights and strengthen democracy in Pakistan while participants asked various question.

5th February

The participants practiced report writing and prepared their presentations of the exposure visit on Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools.
Mr. Ahmed Raza khan and Ms. Shazia Shaheen jointly facilitated the whole process
The participants on this day also shared their learning’s and experience during the implementation of their Individual Plans which they had

made at the end of 1st Module in September 2012. Based on the Individual Plans the participants had organized different activities including

training workshops, community meetings, seminars, signature campaigns etc. Mr. Naeem Haroon facilitated the session

6th February

Session Content

Proposal writing

  • Proposal writing with RBA and
  • difference between project and program
  • 5 Ws and 1H technique
  • Tips to write objectives and results
  • Clarity of key terms (methodology and  activity, objective, purpose and goal)
  • What qualifies as minimum standard to  be a project

Mr. Samson Salamat


  • PowerPoint 
  • Flip Charting
  • Group Exercise
  • Question & Answer


Interaction with the Provincial Election Commissioner-Punjab
The participants called on the Provincial Election Commissioner-Punjab Mr. S.M Tariq Qadari at his office on 6th Feb 2013.
Mr. Qadari (Provincial Election Commissioner), Mr. Khaliq ul Zaman (Joint Provincial Election Commissioner) and Ms. Huda Ali (Public Relations Officer) gave a detailed briefing about the Election Commission’s initiatives for the credibility and transparency of the upcoming election.
The participants highlighted different challenges faced by the grass roots communities during the elections and asked different questions related to upcoming election.






Lincoln Corners Information
In an informal evening discussion Ms. Caryn Anderson-Information Resource Officer, of the Embassy of the United States met with the Participants of PCDHR and introduced the Lincoln Corner established by the US Government and their objectives.





7th February

Session Content

Human Rights Standards and Mechanisms
- Pakistan’s commitments
- Charter Based Bodies

Engagement of NGOs with UN mechanism
- Treaty Monitoring Bodies
- International Human Rights Instruments
- Human Rights Council
- Universal Periodic Review

Mr. Hameed Gondal


  • PowerPoint Presentation  
  • Question and Answers

Dr. Mehdi Hassan speaks on Political & Historical Overview of Pakistan
Dr. Mehdi Hassan renewed scholar, historian, Human Right Defender and professor of journalism delivered a Lecture on Political & Historical Overview of Pakistan to the participants.
During the lecture Dr. Mehdi spoke on:-   

  • Colonial Rule
  • Emergence of Two nation theory,
  • Identity and political crisis in united India and independence movement subsequent political turmoil after independence
  • ethnic and sectarian strife
  • Role of state and Nation Question in Pakistan

Certificate  Distribution

At the Successful completion of both modules of 3rd PCDHR- 1st Module (September 20-28, 2012) & 2nd Module (February 01-08, 2013) Dr. Mehdi Hassan distributed the Certificate among the participants

8th February

On the last day of 3rd PCDHR, following CHRE’s policy of ‘’Putting Learnings into Practice”,   the future plans were discussed and finalized. The staff and participants unanimously decided to focus their advocacy and awareness raising initiatives around next general elections. 

The overall evaluation was also carried and the participants shared their thoughts especially on the impact of PCDHR on the personal life, their work and the work of their organizations

Overview of the 1st Module
The 1st module of PCDHR was held on September on 20-28, 2012 at Dar-ul-Mussarat Training Institute Lahore with the same participants of 2nd Module. 


Facilitator/ Resource Person

Peoples Forum “Social inclusion and democratic citizenship: understanding the context of exclusions”

Dr. Mehdi Hassan
Mr. Abrar –ul-Haq
Professor Hafeez Khumber
Ms. Shagufta Sadiq
Dr. Mussarat Hassan
Mr. Liaqat Ali
Mr. Mehboob Ahmed Khan
Mr. Abdullah Malik

Human Rights Concepts and Principles           
Human Rights Standards and Mechanisms

  • Overview of United Nation Human Rights Systems
  • Main features of International Human Rights Instruments (ICCPR, ICESCR, CERD, CEDAW, CAT, CRC)  

Mr. Samson Salamat
Mr. Deedar Ahmed Mirani

Constitutional History of Pakistan                        

Mr. Mehboob Ahmed Khan

Human Right in Pakistan (situational Analysis)  

  • Current Political Crises: Contributing factors and way out   
  • Discrimination and violence in the name religions: Contributing factors and way out   


Mr. Salman Abid
Mr. Liaqat Ali Advocate

Democracy and its principles                                
Democratic Governance and Culture                    

Professor Hafeez Kumbhar

Advocacy, lobbying and campaigning                 

Mr. Hameed Gondal

Research on Human Rights Issues  
Introduction and tools of PRA

  • (FGD, Decade matrix, Timeline exercise, Social mapping)   

Report Writing   
- Comprehensive writing skills and contents
- Different ways to document HR violations                            

Ms. Shazia Shaheen

Exposure Visits      

  • Brick kiln workers           -   Dastak/ Dar-ul- Aman
  • Sanitary worker              -    Gypsies    
  • Tans-gender community/female sex worker                                                


Political and Historical Overview of Pakistan                      

Mr. Jami Chandio

Peoples Forum on “Religious Extremism: Impact on Inter and Intra Peace”

Mr. Jami Chandio
Professor Rasool Baksh Rais
Ms. Nighat Saeed Khan
Professor Hafeez Khumber
Mr. Salman Abid

Overview of the various types of human rights situation 
a)         Torture in custody     
b)         Threats to human rights defenders
-State response/ performance to curb human rights violations
-Role of human rights defenders/ organization to protect human rights
a)         Monitoring of human rights situation
b)         Reporting of the incidents
c)         Using existing appeal mechanisms (AHRC network) to voice against human rights violations 

Mr. Baseer Naweed

Proposal Writing

Ms. Shazia Shaheen

Development of Individual Plan

Mr. Samson Salamat

Profile of the Participants



Area/ City



Ms. Summer Wafa


LEAP (Learn, Empower, Act, Promote)


Ms. Haseena Kakkar


Pakistan Red crescent Society


Ms. Nida Dayo


Progressive youth Forum Pakistan


Ms. Komal Patras

Lahore/ Punjab

Activist Advocacy Network (AAN)


Ms. Ghain-ul-Ain


Rights Now Pakistan


Mr. Faisal Ali Arain


Pakistan People’s Party Sindh


Mr. Fahad Khowaja


Agha Khan Youth & Sports Board for Sindh


Mr. Khalid Mansoor

Lower Deer/KPK

SHARP Organization


Mr. Majid Ghafoor


Sanjh Organization


Ms. Shanul Khoso

Shahdad Kot/Sindh

Pirbhat Women’s Development Organization


Ms. Aneela Zounar


Hari Welfare Association


Mr. Amjad Khan


Women Desk Church of Pakistan Lahore Diocese


Mr. Mustafa Merani


Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum


Mr. Ghulam Muhammad


Sufi Sachal Sarmast Welfare Association


Ms. Julia Mehboob


Development Organization for Social Transformation (DOST)


Mr. Jhaman das


Baahn Belli Organization


Mr. Shamus Naveed


Bridge Organization


Ms. Nadia Amin


Sanjog Organization


Ms. Rashida Parveen


Khushhali Welfare organization


Mr. Rana Irfan-ul-Islam


Rabta Pakistan


Mr. Ayaz Jarwar


Center for Peace and Civil Society  


Ms. Yasmeen Akhtar


The professional Organization