Zambia to chair regional rights body
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.