More than 200 participants from various parts of Africa and the world have congregated in Kigali, Rwanda, ahead of the Netowork of African National Human Rights Institution’s 11th Biennial Conference.
The conference, which is scheduled for November 8-9, 2017, will bring together experts from diverse disciplnes to discuss the role of national human rights institutiosn in supporting sustainable development in line with Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063.
Today, the Network held the General Assembly at the Kigali Convention Centre.
The theme of the conference, which is hosted by the National Commission for Human Rights of Rwanda, is “a human rights based approach to the Implementation of agenda 2030 and agenda 2063- the role of national Human Rights Institutions.”
Besides discussing the agenda of the conference, the assembly discussed the various reports targeting strengthening the Network’s Secretariat to effectively serve its members in tackling traditional and emerging issues in human rights.
NANHRI’s outgoing chairperson Dr. Chemuta Devine Banda thanked the Kenya-based Secretariat for organizing the conference and successfully executing the decisions of the Network despite being lean in staff.
With the Network turning ten this year, the Dr Banda said, the capacity building and other projects executed by the Secretariat in collaboration with partners have put African NHRIs on the path to an enhanced human rights promotion, protection and advocacy.
NANHRI was founded in 2007 after the Sixth Biennial Conference in Kigali after 25 members adopted the Constitution. The NHRI of Kenya, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, has been hosting the Secretariat since 2007. The membership has since grown to 44.
More than 200 human rights and development experts drawn from various sectors, countries and continents are expected to highlight on the specific areas NHRIs can take part in offering a rights based approach to development dreams for sustainability at notation level.
The various trainings, including business and human rights, monitoring and reporting, among others, have already equipped the members with the skills of keeping states and other development partners in check in the process of implementation of Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063.