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Board of global NHRI network reviews progress and discusses priorities moving forward, ahead of global NHRI conference on civic space and human rights defenders


9 October, Marrakech, Morocco – The Bureau of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), met from 8 to 9 October in Marrakech, Morocco, to evaluate progress made under the current strategic plan (2017-2019) and discuss future activities that will drive GANHRI’s work in support of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in 2019 and beyond.

Bureau members representing NHRIs from Afghanistan, Australia, Chile, Mexico, Croatia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Mauritania and Rwanda participated in the meeting, as well as representatives of the GANHRI Head Office and the four regional networks.

Representatives of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) were invited as observers.  

The Bureau which was chaired by GANHRI Chairperson Prof Dr Beate Rudolf

  • Evaluated progress made since October 2017 against GANHRI’s current Strategic Plan 2017-2019 and the 2018 Implementation Plan, and discussed priorities and activities moving forward;
  • Received reports from its Working Groups on Ageing; Sustainable Development Goals; Business and Human Rights; and decided the establishment of a new Working Group on Disability; 
  • Decided that the GANHRI 2019 annual meeting will take place in Geneva, from 4 to 9 March 2019 and will focus on migration (Annual Conference) and on women’s rights (knowledge exchange);  
  • Expressed concern at continuing cases of reprisals and threats against NHRIs, and decided to remain seized of the matter.

The GANHRI Bureau is the committee of management of the organization established under Article 43 of GANHRI’s Statute. It is comprised of 16 members coming from an “A” Status NHRI, 4 from each of the GANHRI regional groups. Bureau Members implement the decisions of the General Assembly.

The Bureau meeting will be followed by the 13th International Conference on expanding civic space and protecting human rights defenders, and the role of NHRIs, from 10 to 12 October 2018. The Conference is co-hosted by GANHRI and the National Human Rights Council of Morocco in collaboration with the OHCHR and will be attended by more than 250 participants worldwide.

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Created at 09/10/2018 19:03 by iccgeneva
Last modified at 09/10/2018 19:03 by iccgeneva