CELEBRATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

CONCEPT NOTE:

High level multi-stakeholders conference to take place in Parliament on 10/12/2018 with the theme: “Stand up for Human Rights: role of rights holders and duty bearers in promoting and protecting human rights in Rwanda’’.

I. Introduction

This year, the World celebrates 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Formally adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, the UDHR is the most universal human rights document in existence, delineating the thirty fundamental rights that form the basis for a democratic society. It represents a common statement of the goals and aspirations regarding human rights and fundamental freedoms. 

Since then, the International Human Rights Day has been commemorated annually on December 10th, to honor the UN General Assembly's adoption and proclamation of this important instrument.  

This year’s celebration is a culmination of a year-long campaign that started last year to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is an opportunity to reaffirm the universal values and enduring principles enshrined in the declaration, mobilize people around the world and take stock of human rights development today. The 2018 universal theme is “Stand up for human rights”. The Theme would allow an intense and profound reflection on the continuing and vital importance of each and every one of the 30 articles contained in this extraordinary document.

It is in this spirit that the National Commission for Human Rights, in collaboration with its partners, including government institutions and Organizations of the Civil Society working in the area of human rights will join the International Community to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Commemorative activities will include the following: 

1. High level multi-stakeholders conference to take place in Parliament on 10/12/2018 on with the theme: “Stand up for Human Rights: role of rights holders and duty bearers in promoting and protecting human rights in Rwanda’’.

2. Multiplication and dissemination of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights document to raise awareness on the basis human rights principles enshrined in the UDH document;

3. Training of select Journalists on UDHR and on human rights principles and their contribution on to the promotion, the protection and effective realization of human rights;

4. Awareness campaign Broadcasts and publication of article on the UDHR and international Human Rights Day in local newspapers;

5. Conferences in 16 Universities around the Country on the UDHR and its relevance in advancement of Human Rights culture among Rwandans, especially the youth;  

6. Football match between AS Kigali and Rayon Sport at the conclusion of UDHR commemorative week during which Human Rights promotional messages are to be delivered;

7. Joint Outreach program with Civil society during Umuganda of November 2018.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE

The main objective of the conference is to raise awareness of the citizens on Human Rights and their obligations and revisiting responsibilities/duties of different State actors in the efforts to strengthen a culture of Human Rights in Rwanda.

Specific objectives include:

Raising awareness on the rights contained in the UDHR and the Constitution and engage participants in activities aimed at promoting and protecting Human Rights;

Calling upon the duty bearers on their respective responsibilities vis-à-vis the enjoyment and fulfilment of rights by the population;

Strengthening the capacity of oversight institutions (Parliament, NCHR, CSOs, etc.) in order to confidently hold accountable duty bearers towards the full realizations of human rights with a purpose of leaving none behind. 

II. EXPECTED RESULTS

Informed and conscious of the rights contained in the UDHR, population will participate in the development of national human rights-based policies and programs, and will hold duty bearers accountable for the full realization of rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and other laws;

Duty bearers will double efforts in their respective responsibilities in order to mainstream human rights, and promote and protect rights of the citizens;

Oversight institutions will revisit  different strategies to effectively hold accountable duty bearers, including monitoring of the impact of the Government’s programs, provide advice and recommendations on remaining tasks through constructive dialogues.

III. FORMAT AND PARTICIPATION 

The conference will bring together two hundred (200) participants including members of Parliament, both chambers, Ministers, Head of public institutions, members of academia, representatives from UN Agencies, members of Diplomatic Corps and CSOs.

FORMAT

The conference will consist of two (2) panel and interactive discussions on the following themes:

1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): Context and Content. 

Objectives of the Session: 

1) To raise awareness of the citizens/rights holders on the rights contained in the international instruments and national laws in promoting and protecting Human Rights; 

2) To highlight expectations of all categories of the population and oversight institutions towards the guarantee of rights and freedoms by duty bearers.

Expected Results/Outcomes of Session One: 

1) The citizens/duty bearers will be aware of their rights contained in the UDHR, international instruments and national laws, on their contribution for the well-being of the population and will be engaged to participate in the development of human rights based national policies and programs;

2) The rights holders will be taught of measures and techniques of reporting human rights violations;

3) Duty bearers and oversight institutions will assess gaps and discuss areas of improvements in the promotion of culture of human rights in Rwanda;

2. Mainstreaming human rights in national policies, programs and laws and ensuring their implementation. 

Objectives of the Session two: 

1) To commit duty bearers to work towards elimination of all existing barriers to the full realization of rights and freedom by all categories of the population (by highlighting the responsibilities of each duty bearer);

2) To strengthen the capacities of oversight institutions (Parliament, NCHR, CSOs, etc.) in order to confidently hold accountable duty bearers towards the full realizations of human rights with a purpose of leaving none behind. 

Expected Results/Outcomes of this Session: 

1) Duty bearers will commit to adequately mainstream human rights principles in national policies, programs and laws;

2) Oversight institutions will adopt new strategies that will enable them to effectively hold accountable duty bearers, and take new measures in monitoring and evaluation of impact of the Government’s efforts in promoting and protecting human rights;

3) Oversight institutions will commit to work in synergy on emerging thematic human rights issues and provide advice to the Government.

IV. DATE AND TIME

The One-day conference is scheduled on 10/12/2018 at Parliament from 9:00.

N.B.: For further information, please contact Claude NIWE-RUKUNDO, Cell phone: +250788530140; email: cniwe2@gmail.com or Mrs. UWIZERA Alice,  Cell phone number  +2500788757033; email uwizera_alicia@yahoo.fr

AGENDA OF THE CONFERENCE

TIME

SESSION NAME

FACILITATOR

8:30-9:00

Arrival of Participants and registration

NCHR

Opening session

9:00- 09:30

Opening Remarks:

Dr. Emmanuel NIBISHAKA-SG, NCHR

Remarks by the Chairperson of the NCHR

Remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator

Remarks by the Hon. Minister of Justice/ Attorney General

Remarks by the Hon. Speaker of Parliament

09:30-10:00

Health Break and Group Photos

NCHR

10:00-10:40

Session 1: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): Context and Content.

 

1.      Historical background and importance of the UDHR

Mr. Chris MBURU-Senior Human Rights Advisor- OHCHR/Rwanda

2. Rights and freedoms contained in the UDHR, international instruments and national laws

Dr. RUVEBANA Etienne- Principal CASS, University of Rwanda

3. Importance of the prevention for effective realization of human  rights

Mr. NIYIZURUGERO Jean Baptiste, Director-Africa Programme  APT

 

4. Role of the Judiciary as guardian of human rights

Dr. Aimé KALIMUNDA MUYOBOKE, President of the Court of Appeal

 

Moderator:

Dr. MULISA Tom- Executive Director, GLIHD

10:40-11:30

Interactive discussion

Dr. NIBISHAKA Emmanuel-SG, NCHR

11:30-12:10

Session 2: Human rights Mainstreaming in national policies, programs and laws and ensuring its implementation

 

1.     Duties of the State in promotion and protection of Human Rights

Dr. KAITESI Usta, CEO a.i.  Rwanda Governance Board

2. Article 8 of UDHR and access to reparation for victims of international crimes

Dr.  BIZIMANA Jean Damascène-Executive Secretary, CNLG

3.     Effective implementation of national policies, programs and laws related to human rights

Mrs. MUKESHIMANA Béata-PS MINIJUST

4. Monitoring the respect of rights and freedoms of everyone by relevant duty bearers

Mrs. NIRERE Madeleine, Chairperson of the NCHR

Mr. KANANGA Andrew- Executive Director, LAF

 

Moderator:

Mrs. UMURUNGI Providence, Head of International Justice and Judicial Cooperation Department, MINIJUST

12:10-12:50

Interactive discussion

Dr.  NIBISHAKA Emmanuel/SG, NCHR

12:50-13:00

Closing remarks

Honourable Minister of Justice /Attorney

13:00

Lunch

NCHR