MK Small Grantee 2019 ELCOP’s Project SPIYCE successfully completed its training part! SPIYCE trained 24 Law and Criminology students from Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong on Human Rights Fact Finding investigation. From March till June 2019, these students learned how to design fact finding mission, interviewing skills, setting questionnaires, trust building with the victims of the human rights violations, and last but not the least, how to differentiate ‘fact’ from ‘perception’.
After the theoretical training, the trainees participated in a SIMULATION. Simulation means ‘make believe’, or কল্পিত নাটক. ELCOP designed two simulations where 6 Law students acted in the roles of government officials, journalists, and victims. The 24 trainees honed their fact finding skills by interviewing the actors, and then presenting what they learned from their investigation.
The trainees were fortunate to receive training from some of the leading human rights experts of Bangladesh: Advocate Sultana Kamal, Mr. Towfiq Mannan (expert of report writing), Dr. Mizanur Rahman, former Chair, national Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh.
The trainees have visited the workplace and residences of the Hijra community in 5 parts of Dhaka ( areas kept confidential for security purpose). The trainees investigated the human rights violations of the Hijra community under 4 streams: freedom of religion, right to identity, right to employment and disintegration from family. SPIYCE interviewed nearly 40 Hijra victims to prepare a report, which will be published at the Closing Ceremony to be held at EMK Center.
The most vital part of SPIYCE was the Community Leader training. The students selected 10 members from Harijan and Hijra community who received Street Law training on Human Rights so that they can serve as community lawyers in their own community. Street Law, dubbed in Bangla as প্রতিদিনের আইন, is an interactive learning method where participants receive legal knowledge in an easy to understand approach. Our trainees used role play, debate, ranking exercises, and diagrams to explain human rights, arrest and detention, and property rights in Islamic and Hindu law for Trans-people in the 2 day long training at EMK center.