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GANHRI’s new vision seeks to bolster rights bodies, says Marri

GANHRI’s new vision seeks to bolster rights 
bodies, says Marri

QNA
New York
The new Strategic Plan (2020-2022), which the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) is working on, aims to launch a vision that will have the power of influence and persuasion among governments, people and competent parties in various international platforms. This will strengthen the unity and effectiveness of national human rights institutions, National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) Chairman Dr Ali bin Smaikh al Marri has said.
Marri, who is also the Secretary-General and Vice President of GANHRI, said the new strategic plan would encourage and support the establishment of new national human rights institutions in countries where they do not exist.
The plan is also to urge governments and countries to strengthen the independence and functions of national human rights institutions and to remove various obstacles for the implementation of their tasks and visions, he added.
This came during a two-day consultative meeting of GANHRI in New York. The meeting aims to develop the new Strategic Plan (2020-2022), which will be submitted for adoption at the next General Assembly in spring 2020 in Geneva.
The meeting was also attended by GANHRI’s Chairperson Dr Carlos Alfonso Negret Mosquera, who is also the Ombudsman of Colombia, and heads and coordinators of the regional networks of national human rights institutions across the world.
Discussions during the meeting focused on assessing the performance of the global alliance over the past period, identifying the restrictions and challenges facing it or impeding its goals in the past, and the goals that it aspires to achieve in the future, and then determining the strategy to be developed to achieve the goals in the coming period.
In his speech, Marri said the first meeting of its kind of the new leadership of the Global Alliance is betting on achieving a new start and on being more effective and persuasive through the implementation of a new strategy over the next three years. This strategy aims at enhancing the role and position of the Global Alliance, and then the role of the national human rights institutions affiliated to the alliance.
He said everyone agrees that one of the priorities of the next strategy is to define a new vision for communication, with the aim of introducing the Global Alliance and its tasks and vision in strengthening the independence of national human rights institutions and supporting them to achieve their tasks in various countries of the world.
The next strategy would be to establish a new vision that elevates the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions to an effective and influential international forum in the eyes of governments, people, states, institutions, parliaments, civil society organisations, stakeholders, and various human rights bodies, he noted.
In the same context, he stressed the need for national human rights institutions within the framework of the Global Alliance to agree on a unified vision that boosts its strength, presence and its persuasive power and to have a single voice in its meetings with the European Union, the United Nations and governments and in various international platforms.
He also underlined that the new tripartite strategy, if adopted, would support and strengthen national human rights institutions and raise its international classification in accordance with the Paris Principles.
He said the Global Alliance currently includes 72 national institutions that have the classification (A) in compliance with the Paris Principles, expressing hope to increase the number of these institutions that obtain the same classification through the next Strategic Plan (2020-2022).
He urged national human rights institutions to participate and involve in the Global Alliance, saying GANHRI will support the national institutions and their efforts to raise their classification in accordance with the Paris Principles.
Marri also urged governments to support and strengthen the independence of national human rights institutions, establish new national institutions in countries where they do not exist and strengthen existing ones so that they can perform their tasks and raise their classification in accordance with the Paris Principles.

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