The Chairperson of the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), Ms. Madeleine Nirere, received, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, a delegation of diplomats from the Sweden Embassy in Kigali composed of Ms. Anne Höglund, Acting Head by Mission, and Ms. Sara Haglund, First Secretary and Programme Manager (Democratic Governance and Human Rights).
Also present at this meeting were the Vice Chairperson, Mr Silas Sinyigaya, the Secretary General, Mr Olivier Rwamukwaya, the Director in charge of Human Rights Education, Research and Planning, Mr Claude Niwe Rukundo as well as the Advisor to the Chairperson, Eugénie Nyiramajoro.
This courtesy visit by the Sweden delegation focused mainly on the mission, independence, financial autonomy, strategies and challenges of the NCHR.
It should be noted that the NCHR is an institution which was legally established in 1999 and whose mission is to promote and protect human rights throughout the national territory. It also has the mission of monitoring respect of human rights and has recently been given the mandate of National Prevention Mechanism.
The NCHR is an independent body and it submits its annual report and action plan to Parliament. Although it receives funding from ordinary budget for its activities, the NCHR manages these funds independently.
Its main strategies for promoting and protecting human rights are to organize awareness-raising campaigns and education sessions for targeted groups. Regular field visits make it easier to follow up on cases of human rights violations and to refer the recommendations to the competent authorities so that they can find a solution.
Among the challenges, the Chairperson of the Commission underlined that there are still 11℅ of people who ignore their rights. Regarding the NCHR, she sought opportunities from its interlocutors for capacity building for Commissioners and staff.
The Sweden delegation requested various information on the NCHR's activities on various aspects of human rights before the courtesy visit, which started at 2 p.m., ended an hour later.