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Videoconference on the role of NHRIs to counter (COVID-19)

The National Human Rights Council of Morocco (CNDH), in partnership with the Association francophone des Commissions nationales des droits de l’Homme (AFCNDH) “Francophone Association of National Human Rights Commissions”, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) and the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), organized,  on April 14, 2020, at 2 p.m., a videoconference to share and exchange good practices on the role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to counter the COVID-19 health crisis.

As part of their mandate to promote and protect human rights, the 19 participating Francophone NHRIs, represented by 30 participants, exchanged their insights on their role and practices in promoting and protecting human rights in health crisis. They also discussed the challenges that NHRIs face under these exceptional circumstances.

On this occasion, the CNDH presented its actions relating to monitoring the situation in terms of rights and freedoms, complaints handling, raising awareness, advocacy, regional and international cooperation, and internal prevention measures.

In addition to the GANHRI, AFCNDH and NANHRI representatives, 19 French-speaking NHRIs took part in this videoconference, namely those from Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo Brazzaville, Cape Verde, Egypt, France, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, DRC, Rwanda, Togo and Tunisia.

It should be noted that the CNDH is the Vice-president of the AFCNDH, which is chaired by the Nigerian National Human Rights Commission.