A delegation from Australia with NCHR Commissioners

On 2nd June 2017, the Chairperson and Commissioners of National Commission for Human Rights received a delegation from Australia led by The Hon Philip Ruddock, Special Envoy for Human Rights.

The head of the delegation said that their visit was in line with the Australia’s bid for the UN Human Rights Council (2018-2020 term), but also to hear about human rights issues that Rwanda is working on.

“We want to inquire about the mission and functioning of Rwanda National Commission for Human Rights in matters related to human rights, and the collaboration that exists between other platforms in human rights issues so as to know about how human rights in their different domains are respected in Rwanda”, he said.

He added that Australia is committed to working towards advancing the rights of women and girls, promoting good governance and stronger democratic institutions everywhere, promoting and protecting freedom of expression, advancing human rights for indigenous peoples around the globe and promoting strong national human rights institutions and capacity building. The delegation and the Commission shared experience on the activities of promotion and protection of human rights.    

The Chairperson of the National Commission for Human Rights presented to the delegation the Commission’s work in fulfilling its mandate and its mission, as well as the powers of the Commission as stipulated in the law determining missions, organization and functioning. She talked about its collaboration with other platforms of human rights at national, regional and international levels in preventing and addressing human rights violations wherever they occur.

After the National Commission for Human Rights provided them with all necessary information about Rwanda’s experience, good practices and commitment in promoting and protecting human rights, the delegation was satisfied and assured its commitment to good partnership with Rwanda National Commission for Human Rights.