The Civil Society and Human Rights Network (CSHRN) aims to contribute to a society based on democracy and the rule of law in accordance with human rights, where all people are aware of their rights and able to claim them through the rule of law. To this end, CSHRN is working to establish a capable human rights movement. By this it aims to increase the understanding of and respect for human rights and the rule of law for everybody in Afghanistan.
CSHRN consists of 58 Afghan organisations which are active in the promotion of human rights. So far, all its member organisations have their main offices Kabul, but some also have representatives in other regions of Afghanistan. In addition to its member organisations, CSHRN works together with over one hundred partner organisations in different regions of Afghanistan.
The purpose of this work is to increase the knowledge and understanding of member and partner organisations in all different fields of human rights. This should enable them to carry out their specific work for the protection of human rights in a more efficient and effective way. It also works to increase the capacities of its members with regard to project management and institutional capacity building.
To achieve these goals CSHRN disposes of different types of working methods; it offers different, specifically tailored educational programs for its member organisations and has at its disposal a pool of around 50 trainers.
Since 2004, and together with the private radio channel ‘Good Morning Afghanistan' (GMA), CSHRN has produced a 30 minute, weekly broadcast on human rights. This is called 'The Voice' and is broadcast in Dari and in Pashto. ‘The Voice' addresses crucial issues of human rights in Afghanistan by educating the general public on human rights, and also by investigating severe cases of violations of human rights. It does this by having experts give educational programmes, by facilitating discussions between Afghan citizens, parliamentarians, intellectuals and civil society organisations on important human rights issues, by presenting investigative programmes and by following up on violations with the state.