MNHRC Representatives attend the 29th Annual General Meeting of the ICC

U Win Mra, Chairman and U Nyunt Swe, Member of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission attended the 29th Annual General Meeting of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC), held from 21 to 23 March 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

On 21 March 2016, ICC Bureau Meeting and Regional Network’s Meetings were held. The ICC Communications Project, Merida Declaration Follow up and ICC general matters were discussed during the ICC General Meeting held on 22 March 2016.

On 23 March 2016, ICC Annual Conference titled “Current Challenges to Human Rights Protection” was organized by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) – formerly known as the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The Conference discussed the human rights challenges resulting from the conflicts; massive displacement; and intolerance, racism and xenophobia. The Concluding Statement was adopted by the Conference as outcome of examination and discussion on those three areas of concern. The followings were stated in the Concluding Statement, among others:-

a). With regard to large scale violations of human rights caused by or related to armed conflict, the NHRIs re-affirmed their commitments expressed in the Seoul Declaration on the role of NHRIs on upholding human rights during conflict and while countering terrorism of 2004 and the Kyiv Declaration on the role of NHRIs in conflict and post-conflict situations of 2015.

b). With respect to massive displacement of people, the NHRIs renewed their commitments expressed in the Santa Cruz Declaration on the role of NHRIs and migration of 2006 and welcomed the commitments expressed in the Belgrade Declaration on the protection and promotion of the rights of refugees and migrants of 2015.

c). With regard to intensified intolerance, nationalism, racism and xenophobia in many countries, the NHRIs took to heart the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism and would contribute to it through their actions at home.

While in Geneva, the MNHRC representatives met with the responsible officials from OHCHR and APF separately and discussed on the matters of cooperation between the MNHRC and those institutions. The MNHRC representatives also attended the Launching the Guide on Anti-Torture Legislation organized by Association for the Prevention of Torture – APT) based in Geneva, Switzerland.