CNDH chief stresses the need for a global alliance for human rights

CNDH President and GANHRI President, HE Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Doha: Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) and President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), HE Maryam bint Abdullah Al Attiyah affirmed that the United Nations can count fully on GANHRI and national institutions in all regions to speak with one voice on human rights.

This happened during a meeting between Al Attiyah and Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

During the meeting, Al Attiyah said, “We recently demonstrated at the Human Rights Council in Geneva how our collective appeal, through our members in different parts of the world, can have a direct and positive on the positions of States in the world”.

At the same time, she pointed out that national human rights institutions depend a lot on the strength of the UN. She praised the leadership of the United Nations in these times of great difficulty for human rights and human rights institutions. She thanked the UN for supporting strong and independent national human rights institutions, in full compliance with the Paris Principles.

She said: “The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions is working hard to address some of today’s pressing challenges. This year, we launched the Global Plan of Action on Human Rights Defenders and Civic Space prepared by GANHRI.

She explained that the global coalition is working to build the capacity of its members to address the human rights impacts of climate change and to strengthen its position in the world. Al Attiyah noted that the Global Alliance continues to work with the UN, partners and civil society to strengthen national human rights institutions around the world in line with the Paris Principles and as an indicator in framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure that member NHRIs are well equipped and have the mandate, authority, resources and institutional capacity to meet today’s many challenges.

Al Attiyah called on the UN Secretary General to consider developing a strategy on National Human Rights Institutions in partnership with GANHRI to promote a public narrative that supports strong National Human Rights Institutions and independent in all regions. She noted that promoting this strategy could include organizing a high-level event in December 2023 to celebrate the adoption of the Paris Principles by the General Assembly 30 years ago.

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