At HRC55 GANHRI reaffirms essential role of NHRIs in building a world free from torture 

28 February 2024 – In a statement delivered at the 55th Human Rights Council General Segment, GANHRI Chairperson Maryam Al-Attiyah recalled the 40th anniversary of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment and the importance of upholding its principles of human dignity, justice, and prevention of cruelty. 

In this intent, GANHRI in collaboration with its partners, will implement a year-long campaign to promote the ratification and implementation of the Convention and its Optional Protocol, as well as to celebrate and showcase the positive experiences and good practices of NHRIs at domestic level. 

In today’s context “NHRIs serve as indispensable pillars in our collective efforts to build a world free from the scourge of torture” she said.  

With the Kiyv-Copenhagen Declaration adopted last November at the 14th International Conference of NHRIs on Torture and Ill-Treatment, NHRIs from across regions unanimously committed to redouble their efforts to prevent and address torture and other ill-treatment. 

The declaration sets out a range of practical actions that NHRIs will take as part of their promotion, prevention and protection work on torture and other ill-treatment, guided by a victim-centered approach and a particular attention to the rights of persons experiencing situations of vulnerability. 

Finally, we reiterated our call to States to protect and strengthen existing NHRIs and to establish Paris Principles compliant NHRIs where they do not yet exist. 

GANHRI will continue to support NHRIs worldwide as they fulfill their mandate to uphold the rights and dignity of all.

 

GANHRI statement HRC55