THE FRIEDRICH NAUMANN Role and mission of the Institution in Ivory Coast

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (in German: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit) (FNF) is a German political foundation linked to the Liberal Democratic Party (FDP).

Founded in 1958 by Theodor Heuss, the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany, it promotes individual liberties and liberalism through civic education and international political dialogues.

Through its 60 offices around the world, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom works to the promotion of Human Rights, individual freedoms, democracy and the principle of a free market economy.

LFriedrich Naumann Foundation trains civil society actors, public authorities and leaders of political parties to develop liberal solutions to the challenges political, strategic and organizational. The Foundation supports the establishment of institutions democracy and the rule of law and supports the strengthening of market economy structures. It is working on this task with national and international partners, the parties and liberal networks, think tanks, but also organizations Local and International Non Governmental (NGO). The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom acts on the basis of liberalism (belief in the importance of individual freedom and equal rights).

Since 1991, the Foundation's activities in sub-Saharan Africa have been coordinated by the Bureau Regional Office in Johannesburg, South Africa, which oversees the offices in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, from South Africa, Senegal, and Ivory Coast.

The Abidjan office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation was opened in March 2012. In Côte d'Ivoire the Foundation works particularly in the field of political training of liberal party carders and liberal organizations, and in the field of the promotion of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Participation of the institution in the CADHA project

Since its opening, the Abidjan office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation has directed a large of its activities around the issue of the promotion of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, through the organization of conferences, workshops and training around these issues.

Every year since 2012, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in partnership with the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the support of UNOCI and CNDCHI organizes a teaching session in International Humanitarian Law of a week in Abidjan. This training brings together lawyers, magistrates, NGO leaders, law students, and dressed bodies, etc.….

The third session will take place from 15 to 20 November 2014, with a large number of participants representing the police, the gendarmerie and the FRCI. All will come to train in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation could only join in the participation in the realization of the project of CADHA.

First, it is important to welcome the initiative to set up, to create the African Coordination Human Rights for the Armed Forces (CADHA), which carries out this project. On the one hand because this initiative comes from within, comes from the army itself, the army that has tackled the problem of violations human rights. On the other hand, because it is a mark of courage and responsibility, for the "great dumb", to take into consideration the fact that some of its members were able to participate violations of human rights during the successive crises that the country has experienced, then to decide to train and sensitize the FRCI to his questions, in order to restore the image of the Ivorian Army and no longer be singled out in the various reports dealing with the issue of human rights in Ivory Coast ... All this for the well-being of Ivorians.

Moreover, the objective of this CADHA project, of these open days, is to restore relations between the Armed Forces and the populations. This is of utmost importance in a country that is rebuilt. The Foundation will therefore be part of this project of open doors and accompany the CADHA in this beautiful initiative. We will be present on the site to animate a stand in the same way as others partners during the 3 days of open doors.

Prospects of the institution in Côte d'Ivoire, short, medium and long term

Regarding the issue of promoting human rights, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation will continue its activities to promote Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Côte d'Ivoire and steer further its activities (in 2015) in the direction of the preparation of peaceful elections, always via training, holding conferences or workshops, etc.

The year 2015 will therefore give priority to "peaceful" elections, including in the context of our activities training of political party officials.

The slogans are: respect for human rights and individual freedoms, then responsibility.

For the long term, we will see.