In preparation for CSW60, the Australian Human Rights Commission have released a position paper on the independent participation rights for National Human Rights Institutions at the Commission, and will host an event on the issue on 15 March 2016.

Position Paper - Independent participation of National Human Rights Institutions

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s position paper on the independent participation of National Human Rights Institutions at the PDF link below.

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Australian-hosted Side event on National Human Rights Institutions #NHRI

NHRI Event

 

The Permanent Missions of Germany, Australia, Morocco and Chile jointly with the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions will co-host a Side-Event at the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women on Demonstrating the value of NHRI participation in the Commission on the Status of Women

Date: Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Time: 4:45 – 6pm

Venue: CR-A (UNHQ)

 

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) play a key role in the international human rights system. Established by governments, yet operating independently, they are unique institutions established to monitor, report on and support efforts for the implementation of UN commitments and recommendations. In their cooperation with the UN, NHRIs enrich the human rights debate and contribute to ensuring the international sphere responds to human rights situations on the ground. The UN strongly encourages States to establish NHRIs that comply with the Paris Principles (a resolution adopted by the General Assembly in 1993).

The event will engage State Ministers and A-status NHRIs from around the globe in a demonstration of the value of NHRI participation at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Paris Principle compliant (or A-status) NHRIs will share examples of how their organisations have enhanced the work of the CSW through the empowerment of women and girls. Following on from the General Assembly Resolution on national human rights institutions (A/RES/70/163) of 2015 the event will consider how measures or processes can be established to strengthen the independent participation of NHRIs at CSW. How can CSW strengthen NHRI participation to enhance the collective effort to promote, protect and respect gender equality and women’s and girls’ human rights?

For inquiries please contact the Australian Mission (phone: +1 212 351 6626 email: georgia.westaway@dfat.gov.au)