MP Kiwanda Elected Chair of African Human Rights Group

information pills http://decksplushouston.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ssh2.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Hon. Kiwanda (NRM), http://concasol.org/wp-content/plugins/ml-slider/inc/slider/metaslider.flex.class.php who is also MP for Mityana North, http://consugi.com/wp-includes/update.php was elected during the just concluded ‘Africa Regional Seminar for Members of Parliament on the Role of Parliamentarians in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights’ held at Mahé, Seychelles March 19 – 21, 2014.

At the end of the seminar, legislators emphasised Parliament’s primary responsibility of ratifying international human rights treaties, integrating international and regional norms and standards in national legislation and holding governments accountable for the enforcement of laws.

As Chair of the CAPHRG, Hon. Kiwanda will help parliaments in the Commonwealth Africa Group comprising 18 countries set up Committees on Human Rights and ensure that legislation approved there complies with international human rights requirements.

“Where there are laws that do not comply with international requirements, I shall point it out and try to see that it is rectified,” said Hon. Kiwanda.

“I will also ensure that institutions charged with enforcement of human rights remain independent through their funding,” he added.

Hon. Kiwanda will serve for a term of two years.

Congratulating Hon. Kiwanda, the Ag. Head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Adv. Karen McKenzie, said, “This new role places upon you the responsibility for leading this group at the critical time of its inception, as it moves to implement the objectives as endorsed in the Mahe Declaration.”

The Mahe Declaration contains resolutions by legislators at the meeting.

The legislators noted Parliament’s unique position to influence policies and budgets at the national level, monitor policy implementation programmes at local levels, address the needs and concerns of their constituencies and act as a catalyst in the realisation of human rights at all levels.

They agreed to take steps to integrate human rights education into curricula at all institutions of learning, and to strengthen it where already in place; to establish parliamentary committees with express responsibility for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

In addition, legislators also agreed to ensure that human rights norms and principles are reflected in new laws; addressing gaps in existing legislation where necessary.


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