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Training of trainers course for the protection of the rights of victims of forced disappearance and torture in El Salvador

San Salvador, July 9, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime under the framework of the Project "Strengthening the implementation of management toolkits for cases of disappearances and torture linked to organized crime, which affect women, men and youth in El Salvador”, developed the Trainer of trainers program in the protection of the rights of victims of forced disappearance and torture, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.

The training for trainers activities were carried out from January 26 to June 29, 2021 with the participation of national and international experts, to provide specialized knowledge in the protection of rights and enhance the capacities of participants from the Attorneys Office for the Defence of Human Rights of El Salvador in the promotion and dissemination of the rights of victims of forced disappearance and torture.
Based on the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired, the 35 trainers at the national level will be able to strengthen their work in human rights education and formulate strategies to facilitate training activities in this area. During the follow-up phase of this program, trainers will also contribute to the empowerment of civil society organizations, victims of forced disappearances and torture, communities, students, and persons in general in search of guidance and advice.

"The activity is key to provide training in various fields of knowledge related to forced disappearances and torture as human rights violations, with a special emphasis on the protection of the rights of the victims" remarked Karolina Guay.

The closing event of the program had the participation of Karolina Guay, Ambassador of Canada in El Salvador;  Miguel Alfonso Muñoz Reyna, Director of the School of Human Rights; and Vida Gómez Asturias, UNODC Project coordinator.

"I invite the trainers to continue with this important work of defending the rights of victims in light of the new challenges related to forced disappearance which is now a crime also perpetrated by organized crime. Likewise, there are challenges in documenting torture, which require timely action with a gender perspective, considering the differentiated effects on girls and women" indicated Vida Gómez Asturias, UNODC Project coordinator.

We are convinced as Human Rights Office that this type of interinstitutional efforts and coordination strengthen our mutual work, especially because we are united by a common interest that is the realization of human rights and the prevention of their violation", highlighted Mr. Muñoz Reyna.