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THE ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS OF EAC PARTNER STATES

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung under the aegis of its Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa facilitated the establishment of the Association of National Human Rights Institutions of EAC Partner States on 28th October 2009 to assist with the coordination, strengthening and effectiveness of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in East Africa.

THE ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS OF EAC PARTNER STATES

WORKSHOP REPORT

DATE: 7TH NOVEMBER 2011

VENUE: NAIROBI, KENYA

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung under the aegis of its Rule of Law Program for Sub Saharan Africa facilitated the establishment of the Association of National Human Rights Institutions of EAC Partner States on 28th October 2009 to assist with the coordination, strengthening and effectiveness of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in East Africa.

This would be done through

•Joint regular meetings on an at least annual basis

•regular exchange of experiences of the work of the NHRIs

•devising strategies in dealing with various human rights and governance issues

•encouraging NHRIs in collaboration with their respective Governments to develop National Action Plans on Human Rights

•regular monitoring and documentation of pertinent human rights issues in the region

•Strengthening cooperation between NHRIs and other key stakeholders in the promotion and protection of human rights and.

Representatives of the NHRIs from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi held their annual meeting in Nairobi to deliberate on the viable activities of the Association from 2012.

They agreed on the publication of a consolidated report on the State of Human Rights in East Africa, outlining inter alia, best practices, cross-cutting themes as well as challenges that the respective NHRI’s encounter in the course of dispensing their respective mandates.

This would not only increase awareness on and raise the Association’s profile, but also provide a basis for joint advocacy on cross cutting and emerging human rights issues with the East African Community Council of Ministers and other Community organs.

As way forward, the participants agreed the first report should have a segment on the current human rights framework within the EAC by reviewing the EAC treaty itself and the EAC Organs that work to promote Human Rights. It would also cover specific human rights issues including but not limited to the following cross cutting themes:

a)Elections monitoring

b)Internally Displaced Persons

c)Access to health care

d)Business & Human Rights

e)Land and Environmental rights

f)Transitional justice

Regarding the implementation framework, participants agreed that each National Human Rights Institution would dedicate a focal point to coordinate specific country-related issues pertinent to the project.

The participants agreed in principle on the modalities of producing the report subject to finer details being worked out by the respective NHRIs.

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