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12th Biennial Conference of the NANHRI: The Global Compact for Migration: African NHRIs’ Common Vision, Opportunities and Challenges in its Implementation

The National Human Rights Council of Morocco (CNDH) takes part in the 12th Biennial Conference of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) from 5 to 6 November 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.

The CNDH will be represented by a delegation led by Ms. Amina Bouayach, President of the Council.

Organized jointly by the NANHRI and its host member, the National Council for Human Rights of Egypt, this conference will focus this year on “The Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular Migration (GCM): African national human rights institutions’ common vision, opportunities and challenges in its implementation”.

During two days, participants will address opportunities provided by the GCM and challenges that may hinder its implementation in the African region. They will also tackle how to promote research and accurate data as a basis for evidence based migration policies. Furthermore, stakeholders will discuss the role of NHRIs in fostering social cohesion and integration within the context of migration. The proceedings of this conference will exchange views on national implementation plans and the role of NHRIs in monitoring the respect of duties related to protection and promotion of human rights, as well as practical challenges and opportunities within the GCM.

This event will result in an outcome Declaration that will include recommendations about the various roles that NHRIs can play to promote and protect the rights of migrants in general and to contribute to the implementation of the GCM in particular.

The zero draft of this declaration was elaborated by the NANHRI Working Group on Migration, established in December 2018 and chaired by the CNDH. On the side-lines of the Biennale Conference, the working group will adopt its action plan within the framework of its meeting, chaired by Amina, on 3 November 2019.

The CNDH will also take part in the meeting of the NANHRI Steering Committee and the NANHRI General Assembly on 3 and 4 November 2019. 

44 NHRIs members of NANHRI, state representatives, civil society organisations, academic institutions and development partners will participate in this event.

The conference will be also attended by several personalities, including M. Carlos Negret Mosquera, President of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), Ms.  Andrea Kampf, Task force migration member of the GANHRI (of which the CNDH is the African representative), Mr. Mohamed Fayek, President of the National Council for Human Rights of Egypt, Ambassador Salah Hammad, Head of AGA Secretariat, DPA, African Union Commission.

The active participation of the CNDH in this conference is a continuation of its unwavering commitment since the start of the GCM negotiations through the GANHRI. The role of NHRIs has been recognized in the GCM and NHRIs confirmed their commitment to monitor the implementation of this international agreement and to protect the rights of migrants and their families.