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CNDH takes part in the 31st Annual Meeting of the GANHRI in Geneva

The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) will participate in the 31st Annual Meeting of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) which will be held from 21 to 23 February 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on the sidelines of the 37th session of the Human Rights Council (26 February to 23 March 2018). The CNDH delegation will be led by Mr. Driss El Yazami, President of the CNDH.

This year, this event will schedule four key moments: GANHRI Bureau meeting, meetings of regional groups of national human rights institutions (NHRIs), exchange of knowledge between NHRIs, the General Assembly and the Annual Conference.  

Mr. Driss El Yazami will take part in the GANHRI General Assembly on 22 February and will present the International Tri-annual Conference to be held from 10 to 12 October 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco. He will also participate in the side-event which will be organized on 23 February 2018 by the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and the GANHRI. At this event, Mr. El Yazami will give an overview of the new CNDH law and the complementarity between the NHRI and the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (NPM).

Within the same context, the CNDH will participate in the GANHRI annual conference and meeting of the Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on the “Rights of persons with disabilities and the role of NHRIs” which will be held on 23 February 2018. The purpose of this meeting is to highlight the role of NHRIs in promoting and monitoring the conformity of national legislations with international human rights standards.

And as part of the GANHRI’s ‘knowledge exchange’ initiative which was created two years ago, the CNDH will exchange its experiences and best practices on the rights of older persons.

Earlier, on 21 February 2018, the CNDH will participate in the General Assembly of the Network of African National Human rights Institutions (NANHRI) which will be devoted to reviewing the annual plan of action for 2018. The members of the NANHRI will also examine ways to reinforce collaboration between the NANHRI, the African Union Commission and the African Union human rights bodies.

The CNDH, whose president is the vice president of the Francophone Association of NHRIs, known in French as Association francophone des commissions nationales des droits de l’Homme (AFCNDH), will also participate, on the same day, in the Board of Directors meeting of the AFCNDH, which will be devoted to follow up the implementation of the 2018 plan of action.

In another context, the CNDH will speak at the conference on “the impacts of the American president statement on the status of Jerusalem city and the human rights situation in Palestine”, which will be held on 21 February by the Arab Network for NHRIs.

The GANHRI (former International Coordinating committee of NHRIs (ICC)) is the association of NHRIs that brings together more than 100 NHRIs worldwide. Created in 1993, the GANHRI supports and strengthens capacities of NHRIs and accredits them in accordance with the Paris Principles.