The Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO) http://www.ahrdo.org/ is an independent, non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organization working to promote human rights and democracy through engaging a variety of arts, and culture-based programs; creating space for dialogue at all levels of society, peace-building, social justice, societal transformation and public participation.

AHRDO/ICTJ Advocacy Tour to the U.S.A.

 

AHRDO and ICTJ organized an international policy advocacy program to U.S. in November 2011. This event took place before the 2nd Bonn international conference on Afghanistan, which discussed the controversial initiative of reconciliation with the Afghan insurgent groups, and the mutual responsibilities of the Afghan government and that of the international community post-2014. The central objective of this advocacy was to draw international  attention to the situation of Afghan war victims, promote the Transitional Justice Coordination Group's policy message, develop its international networks/partners, and most importantly to build up AHRDO's capacity to work with victims to narrativize their untold sufferings and stories. .

In this advocacy trip, AHRDO conducted theatrical performance, high-level policy meetings, cultural exchange and briefings on human rights situation in Afghanistan.

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Transforming Tears to Energy: Podcast with Hadi Marifat

 

In the past three decades, Afghanistan’s people have endured the devastating impact of violence through foreign invasion, civil war, and insurgency. Though the volatile political situation in the country is a hot-button issue of international prominence, victims of the conflict have largely been excluded from the war discourse.

In this podcast, ICTJ speaks with Hadi Marifat, founder of the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO). ICTJ, AHRDO and local Afghan organizations are working together on an innovative arts-based approach to discussing Afghanistan’s conflict and transitional justice issues at the grassroots level. 

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Transitional Justice Serves to Heal Wounds of the Oppressed

 

Emerging from decades of war and conflict, Afghan people have always dreamed an end to culture of impunity and establishment of rule of law, which remain central to shaping a peaceful Afghanistan with democratic governance. Transitional justice must be at the core of any peace efforts and bids to promote national reconciliation. Peace can not be ensured unless victims are provided with reparations and a public platform.   Since its establishment, Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO)  has provided participatory theater events in the country to provide opportunity for the truths to be told and heard and exploring new ways of living for the victims and survivors of thirty years of conflict in the country.

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Human Rights Theater Festival

 

In order to promote the cause of peace, there continues to remain a great sense of need to rekindle the hopes of victims and help them survive the brutal consequences of war. Successful peace-oriented efforts can not ignore victims and survivors of conflicts. Since its establishment, Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO)  has pioneered in holding several events in the country to provide opportunity for the truths to be told, heard and exploring new ways of living for the victims and survivors of thirty years of conflict in the country.

 

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Event: Creating Space for Dialogue on Transitional Justice

 

Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO), in partnership with Community Center for Disabled (CCD), Organization Development for Disabled Women (ODDW) and Kabul Victims group (KVG), and with the support of Foundation for Open Society Institute (FOSI), upon  successful completion of two participatory theatre workshops of victims and widows,   organized an event on March 18, 2010 in district # 13, Kabul so as to create space for dialogue with a wider range of audience and make their voice heard in a reasonably public yet secure space. The two trained groups performed their plays on Women and Transitional Justice.

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