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Code of Conduct

Mon - (31 Aug 2015) -

Code of Conduct of Mwatana Organization for Human rights

Introduction: 

Due to the work nature, Mwatana Organization for Human Rights is doing in the field of human rights and its related activities, this code is the governing reference for our conduct, ethics and  standards of our work on all levels. This code is meant to reach a high degree of effectiveness and pioneering work characterized with professionalism in promoting and protecting human rights in accordance with the international laws, customs and standards relevant to the principles of work in the field of human rights.

In preparing this code, Mwatana has taken advantage of its field hands-on experience and similar outcomes of other pioneering international organizations in the field of human rights.
Mwatana Organization for Human Rights is non-profit independent Yemeni organization meant to defend and protect human rights. It works through field investigations and researches in order to reach accurate and objective fact accounts of violations incidents revealing and identifying such violations in order to stop them and do justice to victims, bring offenders to justice and create actual guarantees that deter the recurrence of such violations in policies and legislations.

Principles: 

Accuracy and Objectivity:

-    Mwatana adheres to the highest standards of investigation and research in order to get accurate narratives and information about incidents of human rights violations.

-    Mwatana is committed to accurate legal descriptions in its findings when dealing with the violations in compliance with relevant local and international laws and legislations. 

Integrity:

-    Mwatana can not place itself under any financial or moral obligation to any other organizations or individuals that might influence its work or create a perception that such influence is there.  
-    Given that it is a non-profitable organization, Mwatana doesn't practice any businesses that go against its announced goals. 
-    Mwatana has been developing systems of saving files, documenting decisions, and securing data. It also has taken measures that prevent the destruction of records. It adheres to freedom of information access principle as   long as doesn't run counter to the interest of both victims and witnesses. 
-    Mwatana has been developing financial and administrative systems meant to adopt clear employment policies based on fair criteria determining the minimum wages that guarantee decent living standards. 

Independence and Impartiality:

-    To sustain its independence, Mwatan avoid any activity that does not comply with its mission of protecting, promoting and improving human rights.  
-    Mwatana rejects any finances or support from anybody suspected of or involved in violating human rights. Furthermore, the organization turns down any finances or support that may influence its impartiality and independence. 
-    Mwatana does not adopt any political orientation and doesn't work as a political implement for local influential parties or foreign policies. On top of that, it works independently of the governments and has its own programs and implementation policies. 
-    Mwatana does not pattern its policies and activities after any profitable authorities, donors, governments, officials, political parties, individuals or political or religious groups. In addition, it does not support any governmental organization, be it is local, regional or international. 
-    Mwatana adopts a neutral principle in political and social conflicts that don't violate human rights. 
-    Mwatana is self-governed and complies with regulating hierarchy chosen in accordance with professional standards.
 
Transparency and accountability:

-    Mwatana adopts a clear, transparent and responsible policy with respect to its mission, goals, governing principles towards the public whether they were victims, violators, and partners or supporting bodies. 
-    Mwatana adopts a frank and clear principle regarding the possible impacts of its work on victims and eye-witnesses.
-    Mwatana aims to reach high standards of transparency in its financial and administrative systems, decision-making mechanisms and its finances.
-    Mwatana is committed to the principle of moral and legal accountability in all its inside and outside dealings in line with certain mechanisms included in its internal regulations. 

Dignity and Respect:

-    Mwatana is considerate about the concerns and interests of victims and witnesses in such a way that respects their rights and preserves their dignity.
-    Mwatana abides by the principles of respect, dignity and human liberty. 

Comprehensiveness and indiscrimination:

-    Human rights are universal and fixed rights that must be granted to all people without any exceptions. All people are equal as humans according to the deep-rooted dignity in every human. With that in mind, no body shall suffer from distinction on the grounds of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, disability or other status mandated by human rights standards.
Focusing on Impact:
-    To make progress, Mwatana goes the extra line to make its work bring about positive changes in people who are subjected to or vulnerable to human rights violations. The organization seizes any new opportunities to promote its cause.
-    Mwatana continues to work in hard conditions, which necessitates long-term focus to achieve a remarkable impact.
 
Rejection of Violence:

-    Mwatana denounces all kinds of violence as well as any involvement, justification or promotion of it. 

Openness and Dialogue:

-    Mwatana opens up to all opinions, constructive criticism, comments and complaints. It depends on constructive dialog and earnest debate meant to address all problems and decision-makings.  

Coordination and Networking:

-    Mwatana welcomes work and coordination with other activists and organizations provided that they work in such a way that doesn’t impinge on Mwatana's independence and promotes joint work meant to bring about maximum positive impact in human rights reality. 

Participation:

-    Mwatana believes that victims are entitled to have their voices heard in every aspect that affects their lives and interests, and this includes the right to know  the destiny of their cases and means of doing them justice.

Confidentiality:

-    Mwatan doesn't reveal or publish any information or data that may harm the victims of violations or witnesses and their interests, or Mwatana's interests. 

 Copyrights:

All materials and publications produced by Mwatana are Mwatana's possessions and, therefore, cannot be used without prior permission. Furthermore, Mwatana is committed to copyright policies in case it uses some materials or publications belonging to other authorities. 

    Supporting local and international human rights movements:

-    Mwatana works independently, but sometimes it works in conjunction with a wide network of local and international activists in civilian community. We share experiences and raise the effect levels.
-   Mwatana combats any attacks against civil society and defends the space where human rights movements work.
           
      Conflict of interests:

-    Conflict with interest is the situation or stance in which the independence of the employee's decision gets affected during his duty with some personal or material interests related to him or affects one of his relatives, close friends. This interest conflict may be caused by nemesis or hatred towards others which may hinder their interests or any other personal direct or indirect considerations that adversely affect the organization's work quality.

Internal Goals:

    Response, competency, activity: Because of the nature of our work, we quickly and effectively respond to the urgent cases with our eyes open on our essential principles.
    Variety and Integrity: We fully know that variety in staff enriches our organization and helps us work effectively. 
   ُُEquality:  We adhere to the principle of equality when dealing with our staff without discrimination whatsoever. 
    Innovation and Learning: We value the importance of having an innovative and professional staff.

-    We encourage our staff to innovate new methods that help us accomplish our mission and make an impact.
-    We believe that there is a need for intensive training for our staff to encourage them to share their experiences and knowledge with one another. In addition, we support their efforts to learn new skills that help us in promoting our cause.

-    We are open to meeting new faces in the field of human rights.

    Professional Development: We aim to enhance professional development and find fair work conditions that give safety a priority including:
1.    Fair and competitive wages.
2.    Personal development chances.
3.    Adopting the best-laid steps to ensure staff safety

    Providing a balanced and healthy work environment for staff. 

 

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