Zam­bia to chair re­gional rights body

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By MUKOSELA KASALWE

THE Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion has been elected to the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of the Net­work of Na­tional Hu­man Rights In­sti­tu­tions and as Chair­per­son in the South­ern African re­gion.

Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion chair­per­son, Mud­ford Mwan­denga, who is at­tend­ing the 11th Bi­en­nial Con­fer­ence in Ki­gali, Rwanda to­gether with Com­mis­sioner Mh­lak­eni Zulu, con­firmed the elec­tion of Zam­bia to the steer­ing com­mit­tee yes­ter­day of the con­ti­nen­tal hu­man rights co­or­di­nat­ing body.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, HRC spokesper­son Mweelwa Mu­leya said the elec­tion of the com­mis­sion to crit­i­cal or­gans of the Net­work of Na­tional Hu­man Rights In­sti­tu­tions (NANHRI) was a demon­stra­tion of the con­fi­dence Na­tional Hu­man Rights In­sti­tu­tions had in the Com­mis­sion.

Mr Mu­leya said the elec­tion was an hon­our to Zam­bia but that it also placed a heavy na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship in build­ing a sus­tain­able cul- ture of re­spect for hu­man rights.

He said the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of NANHRI was one of the crit­i­cal de­ci­sion mak­ing or­gans of the Con­ti­nen­tal Body.

“The elec­tion of the HRC to the crit­i­cal or­gans of NANHRI demon­strates the con­fi­dence the African Na­tional Hu­man Rights In­sti­tu­tions have in the Com­mis­sion, largely be­cause of the favourable Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment which pro­vides a broad man­date and au­ton­omy for the Com­mis­sion in line with the UN Paris Prin­ci­ples.

“The elec­tion is also an hon­our to the coun­try, but it also places a heavy na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship in build­ing a sus­tain­able cul­ture of re­spect for hu­man rights,” he said.

Mr Mu­leya said HRC was ac­cred­ited to the UN with an “A Sta­tus”, af­firm­ing that its es­tab­lish­ment and func­tion­ing fully com­ply with the Paris Prin­ci­ples.

He said as chair­per­son of the South­ern African Re­gion of NANHRI, HRC would, among other func­tions, be re­quired to fa­cil­i­tate the Con­ti­nen­tal Hu­man Rights Strate­gic Plan 2015-2019.

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