The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC) is increasing efforts to equip civil society organizations (CSOs) serving members of key population groups in the OECS, with the technical skills needed to record cases of human rights violations in the Shared Incident Database (SID). Our latest training in St. Kitts and Nevis saw representatives from several local organizations attending.
The 2-day session consisted of several interactive presentations and practical exercises to help participants understand how to use the Shared Incident Database. The sessions featured discussions on the following topics:
- Principles of human rights documentation
- Overview of the Share Incident Database’s key features
- Standards for effectively documenting human rights violations
Participants were fully engaged during the sessions, pointing out that they recognized the importance of documenting human rights violations against members of key population groups.
Terysia Herbert, an Education and Prevention Officer, working with a local CSO noted that the sessions were informative and necessary and she believes SID has an important role to play in on the ground advocacy efforts. “It is important as a region to document these cases so we can strengthen our argument to protect human rights and seek justice for those who experience violations,” she said.
Meanwhile President of Silence No More, Petra McSheen Morton, said the Shared Incident Database is valuable because “it is important to keep records so CSOs can share information and collaborate with each other across the Caribbean”.
In the meantime, CVC’s Technical Programme Officer Marlon Thompson, expressed satisfaction about the St. Kitts training. “I’m happy to see the high levels of engagement and active participation from those who came to the session. They were willing to learn about the Shared Incident Database and how it can help them document human rights violations against members of key population groups in St. Kitts and Nevis. I can see how these CSOs will use the database to strengthen their advocacy efforts as we work to improve the lives of the people we serve. Additionally, the data collected through SID is crucial information we can use in our fight against stigma and discrimination, so I welcome these entities to the Shared Incident Database as we aim to accurately capture and report the situation in St. Kitts and Nevis,” he said.
The Shared Incident Database is the region’s first online database providing a standard system for capturing, collating and reporting human rights violations. The system is an advanced, user-friendly, web-based technology that has strengthened evidence-based advocacy for more just policies and programmes in the Caribbean’s HIV response.