The National Commission for Human Rights organized a validation workshop on Strategic Action Plan
On Monday 22 October 2018, the National Commission for Human Rights organized a validation workshop of its Strategic Action Plan for 2018/2019-2023-2024. The workshop brought together different stakeholders from Government institutions, Civil Society Organizations and private sector organizations.
In her opening remarks, the Chairperson of the Commission said that the Commission developed its strategic plan 2018/2019-2023/2024 that sets guidelines and that will enable the Commission to fulfil its mandate of promoting and protecting human rights and clearly defines the strategic objectives and expected outputs and outcomes for that period. She invited all participants “to give their honest feedback, so that we have in our hands a navigation tool to help us define where we are going and how we are going to get there”. “With technological evolution at present with tech, we have more means to do our job than ever before in human history. But without a strategy, we would be engaging in a wasteful and ineffective exercise, a “throw it on the wall and see if it sticks” approach, which is bound to fail”, the Chairperson added.
During the presentation, the Secretary General of the Commission showed that the Strategic Plan was developed through an all-inclusive consultative process involving all partners of the Commission. He explained that the process reflected on the lessons learnt from the previous 5 years Strategic Plan and aligned all future plans with strategic directions of the country in terms of human rights considering national, regional and global developmental targets. In addition, he said that the Strategic Plan is set against a backdrop of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is informed by human rights principles and standards and present prospects for advancing the protection and promotion of human rights for all.
Some participants following the presentation
Implementing the last strategic plan, the Commission faced a number of challenges among which only 80% of the population is satisfied by awareness on Human rights and 19.6% were not satisfied, meaning that the effort of the Commission vis-à-vis human rights awareness should be increased. Another challenge is ineffective Monitoring Mechanism in the implementation of recommendations issued by the Commissions to the public institutions. The third challenge is limited capacity of the Commission in terms of ICT infrastructures, modern equipment and budget constraints.
In its 2018/2019-2023/2024 strategic plan, the National Commission for Human Rights, to meet these challenges, set out four main priority areas that are to increase the human rights awareness, to strengthen compliance with international and regional core human rights instruments, to ensure respect of human rights at all levels and to use ICTs and innovations in the promotion and protection of human rights.
The strategic plan was developed taking into account the achievements of the Commission for the past five years through the strategic plan 2013-2018, the challenges encountered during this period and the solutions to be adopted to overcome them.
This Strategic Plan is about protecting the human rights and dignity of all Rwandans and takes into account our very own home grown solutions which have transformed the social and economic wellbeing of Rwandans. Moreover, the Strategic Plan domesticates global and regional commitments reflected in different instruments including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Africa Union Agenda 2063, and the East African Community (EAC) Vision 2050.
The participants contributed through relevant observations to enrich and refine this strategic plan to meet the needs for the promotion and protection of human rights in Rwanda. The Commission will take these observations into account in fine tuning this strategic plan.