The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) is taking part at this year’s 12th International Conference of the International Coordination Committee (ICC) of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIS) held in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
Represented at the summit are the Chairperson of HRCSL, Brima Abdulai Sheriff, Vice Chairperson, Daphne Olu williams and Commissioner Bryma Kebbie.
The theme of the Conference is ‘THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS’ What Role for National Human Rights Institutions.
The focus for the discussions is on issues that are essential to promote environmental sustainability, improve the quality of life of citizens, as well as solve the interconnected challenges of poverty eradication, well-being for everyone based on human rights approach, on justice, equality, good governance, democracy and the rule of law. The Heads of States had adopted the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development during the “2015 UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 Development Agenda”.
National Human Rights Institutions like the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone established in accordance with the “Principles Relating to the Status of National Institutions (PARIS PRINCIPLES) are uniquely placed to act as a bridge between stakeholders and ensure that national sustainable development processes and outcomes are planned, implemented and monitored in a participatory, transparently and accountable manner based on disaggregated Human Rights data.
NHRIS can influence the national process of implementation and accountability to ensure Human Rights are integrated in the process of tailoring and tracking goals, targets and indicators nationally. In addition NHRIS can provide advice to government on human rights-centered approach to implementation of the SDGs paying particular attention to ensuring that the principles of equality and non-discrimination are given effect to.