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3rd Gene ral Assemb ly of the FEMED, Beirut: election of the board of direc tors and adoption of the action plan 2014-2016

6.2.2015

3rd Gene ral Assemb ly of the FEMED, Beirut: election of the board of direc tors and adoption of the action plan 2014-2016

FEMED has been meeting up every three years since their Euro-Mediterranean
meetings and their third General Assembly was held on 24 November
2013 in Beirut. On this occasion, the members of the associations adopted
a plan of action for the period of 2014-2016 and elected the members of
the General Assembly who then in turn elected the executive board.
Assessment of the period 2011-2013
Among the main points of the activities implemented during these three
years of activities at the FEMED, we must highlight the organisation of the
third Euro-Mediterranean meeting of the families of the disappeared on
the topic of “Transitional Justice and Enforced Disappearances” in Istanbul
(Turkey). Over these three days, the associations were able to discuss
and swap information and develop joint actions with the aim of putting an
end to enforced disappearances in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Numerous field missions, led by the FEMED, have allowed them to pursue
their work alongside the associations of the families of the missing persons
by meeting them in Syria, Egypt, Kosovo and Turkey. Moreover, a training
programme on the international mechanisms for human rights protection
and fundraising, their target audience being the human rights activists and
families of the missing, were implemented in Egypt (February 2012).
Advocacy has also been an important part of the FEMED’s activities. In fact,
in November 2011 and 2012, a delegation of the Federation met in Geneva
the representatives of permanent missions for the United Nations, international
organisations and human rights NGOs. The Federation also travelled
to Strasbourg, Madrid, Barcelona and Brussels to pursue this advocacy
campaign (including meeting with Members of European Parliament).
It is also important to note that the FEMED has developed a large range
of communication and documentation tools, among which feature in the
bi-annual review “Duty of Truth” published since January 2009. This latest
publication dates from November 2013 and was distributed throughout
the Mediterranean area.
In accordance with the FEMED statutes, 9 members of the General Assembly
were elected: Nassera Dutour, Rachid El Manouzi, Wadih Al-Asmar,
Annie-France Berthod, Nezahat Teke, Mohammad Kowthar, Velat
Demir, Adnane Bouchaib and Destan Berisha.
Appointed by consensus by the board of directors, the new executive
board of the FEMED is composed of Nassera Dutour (President), Rachid
El Manouzi (Vice President – newly created position), Wadih Al Asmar
(General Secretary) and Annie-France Berthod (Treasurer).
Action plan for the period 2014-2016
The action plan for the period 2014-2016 will focus on the following four
main areas:
1) Advocacy. On the basis of past experience, FEMED wants to continue
being active in this field. For this, they will continue at different levels: national
levels linked with members of its network, European levels (European
Parliament, European Commission and Council of Europe) as well
as regional and international levels (African Commission on Human and
Peoples’ Rights in the Maghreb countries, League of Arab States, etc.).
Furthermore, the Federation will remain committed to the different advocacy
campaigns which are still on-going: the ratification of the International
Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,
the ratification of the optional protocol to the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
establishing the Human Rights Committee which
allows individuals to submit individual complaints,
and the ratification of the protocol relating to the
Committee Against Torture (which allows expert
members of the organ to visit places of detention
without warning in countries which have accepted
this jurisdiction), etc.
2) Capacity building of members of the network.
In order to reinforce and support the network’s
member associations in the fight against enforced
disappearances, the FEMED will lead several missions
in States in the following regions: Egypt, Iraq,
Bosnia, Libya (2014); Lebanon, Cyprus, Morocco
(2015); Iraq, Serbia, Kosovo (2016). During these
missions, FEMED will also request to meet with the
countries’ authorities to establish a dialogue with
them. Furthermore, following the different training
organised on the international law, human rights
and forensic medicine, FEMED has stated that the
needs of their member associations were important.
This is why including a training programme
in the plan of action is important: Tunisia (2014),
Egypt (2015) and Turkey (2016).
3) Developing deep expertise in enforced disappearances
and investigation work. A communication
strategy is required for this, especially one
based on the accessibility of the sources of information
via the website and review “Duty of Truth”.
The translation to languages spoken in the member
countries of the Federation will therefore be a priority.
The initial plan of action had included holding a
Euro-Mediterranean meeting of families of the missing
persons every year. However, after examining
the costs and the time required to organise such an
event, the meetings will be held every three years in
the lead up to the normal General Assembly.
4) Implementing a diversified fundraising plan of
the FEMED and its members. This consists of reinforcing
the secretariat office to reinforce the search
for co-financing and explore new approaches (private
foundations, etc