The Geneva-based event – hosted by Morocco's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in cooperation with the Universal Rights Group (URG) – sought to provide a “bottom up” approach to reflect and exchange on experiences of Sates in implementing international human rights treaties and recommendations resulting from UN mechanisms.
A dedicated panel during the event looked into the unique roles and experiences of NHRIs in promoting and monitoring implementation by the State.
“NHRIs are critical actors in the human rights framework and within the UN system, given their state mandate to promote and protect human rights at the national level, in line with international human rights norms and standards” said President Driss El Yazami of Morocco's National Human Rights Council, speaking on behalf of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).
President El Yazami outlined essential provisions to ensure NHRIs can undertake this role effectively including
Chairperson Dr Ali bin Samikk Al Marri of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar and GANHRI Geneva Representative Katharina Rose also participated in the event.