Source: | Suma Jadama, The Gambia

A three-day meeting on leadership orientation for officials of The National Human Rights Commission is underway in Kololi.

The Workshop is organized in collaboration with The African Union (AU) Department Of Political Affairs, The International Institute For Democracy And Electoral Assistance Idea and The Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), with the aim to capacitate the commission staff on strategic planning and prioritization as well as community outreach.

The three day event is tailored to support effective implementation of the National Human Rights Commission’s Programmes, cognizant of its establishment and the ongoing governance and institutional reforms within the framework of priorities of the national development plan 2018/21 on respect to human rights. The program also seeks to outline action plan on the commission engagement with the ongoing transitional justice and security sector reform processes.

In his welcome statement, the chairman National Human Rights Commission, Emmanuel Joof, noted the importance of the commission towards enhancing  human rights – based transition to the democratic dispensation. He outlined the successes of the commission to promote, protect and advocate human and peoples’ rights in the country, as well strengthening governments institutions and civil society.

The senior program officer of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance Dubbed Idea, Maurice Engueleguele, said his organisation helps to strengthen democratic institutions and processes in developing sustainable, effective and legitimate democracies around the world.

Representative of the AU Commissioner On Political Affairs, John G. Ikubaje, said the AU is committed to entrenching human rights in member countries. He recognized the high expectations on NHRC noting that the recommendations of the TRRC will be critical on the effectiveness of the commission.

In his keynote address, the representative of the Attorney General and Minister Of Justice, Hussein Thomasi, acknowledged government commitment to the respect for democracy, fundamental human rights and the rule of law. He said the National Human Rights Commissions serves as watch dog to governments to improve conditions of its populace.

The forum is expected to draft an activity plan and developments related to the establishment of the commission.

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