NANHRI – TPP Symposium 2022

Regional Symposium on the Implementation of the Marrakech declaration – Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Defenders in Africa

“Sustaining the gains made in the implementation of the Marrakech Declaration, 2018 in Africa.”

14-15 February  I  Online event

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Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) are key levers for social change at the national and local levels as they actively contribute to the strengthening of States’ capacity to ensure implementation of international human rights standards. They can also sometimes monitor the application of international human rights standards and in some cases follow-up the implementation of judgments, decisions and recommendations of UN and regional human rights mechanisms.

NANHRI, in collaboration with Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) of Tanzania and the TriPartite Partnership between the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is organising this virtual regional forum in order to create space for in depth discussions with relevant stakeholders in the region on the implementation of the Marrakech declaration. Participants at this regional forum will reflect on the key human rights challenges in the region, and good practice, lessons learned on cooperation between the regional human rights mechanisms, CSO and HRDs.

The overall objective of this convening is to foster and increase regional and international support for the implementation of the Marrakech declaration; showcase and discuss national to regional success stories and challenges and recommended solutions; and finally, strengthen capacities for the implementation.

To give this activity a more specific focus, Tanzania will be used as a case study to highlight the lessons and best practices that can be replicated in other countries. For that reason, Tanzania will be given prime time to showcase the successes and challenges it experienced and continues to experience in the implementation of the Marrakech declaration.

Similarly, this forum will also be an opportunity for interaction among regional human rights mechanisms, civil society organizations, human rights defenders and NHRIs to share their practical experiences on the journey of the protection and promotion of rights of HRDs.

The specific objectives of the symposium are to:

  • Share good practices and lessons learnt from Tanzania regarding the implementation of the Marrakech declaration
  • Take stock of achievements on protection, promotion partnership and cooperation between the regional mechanisms; CSOs and NHRIs in terms of the implementation of the Marrakech declaration;
  • Document key recommendations/action points from the discussions to further HRDs work in the region
  • Highlight procedural aspects of cooperation between regional human rights mechanisms, CSOs and HRDs
  • Identify common trends and possible new forms of cooperation between human rights defenders, CSOs, NHRIs and treaty bodies for possible replication.
  • To launch and popularise the HRD tools

The workshop will bring together participants from various regional human rights mechanisms around Africa and experts from the African human rights system(e.g. Human Rights Treaty bodies members, as well as CSOs, HRDs and NHRIs). Governments and donor community will also be invited.

You can find the concept note and agenda below.

Concept note & Agenda