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EAC Turns Attention to Human Rights

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order http://dan.rabarts.com/wp-admin/includes/menu.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In his opening remarks, recipe http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-includes/class-wp-image-editor.php EAC Deputy Secretary General, approved http://cautionsantacruz.com/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php in charge of Political Federation, Mr. Charles Njoroge noted that; “Promotion and protection of Human and Peoples Rights is one of the fundamental principles of the EAC Treaty which forms one of the pillars of the EAC Programme on Good governance as well as the Draft Protocol on Good Governance.”


He acknowledged the efforts undertaken by the respective Partner States in promotion and protection of human rights.


“Lately, issues related to security threats, terrorism, moral issues and movement of persons within the EAC region have increased,” he added with the anticipation that the meeting would share information and perspectives in discerning a common position for the region.


Mr. Njoroge challenged the meeting to develop a collective approach towards enhancing compliance to promoting and protecting human rights in the region.


The meeting reviewed the EAC Plan of Action on promotion and protection of human rights and development of regional projects as well as prospects to harmonize regional efforts on best initiatives of protecting and promoting human rights in the region.


The EAC Plan of Action on promotion and protection of human rights in East Africa provides for a framework of policies, strategies and activities that address promotion and protection of Human Rights.


The framework is informed by the commitment of the EAC Partner States to international, regional and national instruments.


The meeting also looked into ways of addressing the divergent views regarding the compliance with the Paris Principles on Human Rights Institutions; development, operationalisation and harmonization of National Action Plans, engagement with human rights actors through awareness workshops on the Paris principles and criteria for accreditation as well as lobby for adoption and ratification of the EAC Bill of Rights.


Stakeholders present at the meeting included Commissioners and representatives from National Human Rights Commissions in the Partner States, Chief Legal Officers from the Offices of the Attorneys General, representatives from Ministries of East African Community Affairs within the Partner States and the EAC Secretariat.

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