The present issue of human rights may be interpreted as an attempt at restoring the sense of responsible, authentic, personal dignity to the individual human being.
~Charles Malik, President of the Commission on Human Rights and U.N. General Assembly~
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.
Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law, general principles and other sources of international law. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.
Human rights have become the moral language of today, the idiom in which we discuss our common humanity and weigh competing claims for resources, rights and protections.
Are we promoting human rights and forgetting the human being?
Therefore, the Human Rights Advocacy program seeks to promote the culture of human rights through a cumulative participatory process in which individuals, notably citizens, are empowered enough to become actors of change in their respective communities. The HRA program is based on an experiential learning and participatory approach through which the participant gets to experience and reflect on certain situations and then relate them to true-life situations they have been through as human being.
In a diversified society, developing a programmatic response to peace building priorities is a multi-step process that requires conflict analysis, including a consideration of the specific ways in which conflict impacts genders differently; a theory of change; an informed risk assessment, and a robust monitoring and evaluation framework.
Since we cannot find peace by avoiding conflict, LSD believes that Conflict transformation is a long-term, gradual and complex process, requiring sustained engagement and interaction. It is not just an approach and set of techniques, but a way of thinking about and understanding conflict itself.
In the process of promoting peace, conflict transformation invariably involves a third, impartial party, in order to help actors alter their cognitive and emotional views on the ‘Other’, thereby helping to break down divisions between ‘Us’ and ‘Them where this third one is the LSD team.
One of the most crucial problems facing our community today is the concept of citizenship; without a proper program that works on instilling the concept of citizenship among the Lebanese citizens we cannot achieve peace nor prosperity in Lebanon. Citizenship and Civic Engagement Program in Leadership for Sustainable Development - LSD work on fortifying equality, unity and promoting peace between Lebanese.
With the continuing surge in using the internet and adoption of digital technologies in government, industries and society, Cybercrime has become a growing threat to critical infrastructure, banking and financial markets, commerce as well as to governments around the world, with personal data of customers, money and classified information being a main target for hackers and organized criminal organizations.
Thus, Leadership for Sustainable Development (LSD) NGO is working on capacity building within this challenge that remains one of the most effective ways to help societies address the challenges of cybercrime and electronic evidence. Practical examples demonstrate the feasibility of this approach. Ingredients for success include designing programs in support of holistic processes of change with political commitment as a prerequisite, commencing projects with a detailed situation and needs analysis, embedding training within training institutions and youth activists to ensure sustainability, and involving the private sector in capacity building projects.
Closer cooperation between organizations offering assistance would result in more effective use of resources and more sustainable impact.
In addition, and at the same time, preventing violence and extremism through awareness campaigns and conferences is a must for LSD especially in our region where the youth are being recruited to fight and support extremist groups through the internet and social media daily usage which raises concerns regarding the freedom of expression, right to private life and other human rights.