9th Biennial Conference of the NANHRI
The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) held the 9th Biennial Conference based on Business and Human Rights: Opportunities, Challenges and the Role of African NHRIs. The 3 day conference kicked off from 27 – 29 November 2013, and was hosted by the Commission on Human Rights and Administration of Justice (CHRAJ) in Accra, Capital of Ghana.The theme of the Biennial Conference was selected by NANHRI members as a follow up to the NANHRI Yaoundé Plan of Action on Business and Human Rights that was adopted at the Regional Workshop on Business and Human Rights in Yaoundé.
The Yaoundé workshop was held within the framework of the implementation of the Edinburgh Declaration of October 2010. National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) that comply with the principles, commonly known as the Paris Principles; Various policy makers, practitioners and interested experts in the BHR field, are playing a crucial role in promoting and monitoring the effective implementation of international human rights standards at the national level, a role which is increasingly recognized by the international community.
The main expected outcome is the adoption by consensus of:
- A Conference Statement document showing:
- The gains made from the Yaoundé Plan of Action,
- Pending areas that need implementation
- Realigned/new priorities for African NHRIs and recommendations in light of discussions of the conference, and
2. A Conference Report that will include the conference statement which will be transmitted to all NHRIs, partners, observers and other relevant AU and UN bodies and agencies.
NANHRI holds its biennial conference once every two years. The last biennial conference was held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2011