NHRC, DOHA, 18TH SEP 2011: HHRC has acquired the membership of the Acriditation Committee, an ICC subcommittee that would authorize NHRC to second NHRIs to ICC membership. The decision was taken on the sidelines of The 16th Annual Meeting and Biennial Conference of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) that took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 6 – 8 September.
It was also confirmed during the conference that the 18th APF Annual Meeting and Conference will be hosted by the Qatar NHRI in 2013. NHRC participated in the 16th Annual meeting and biennial conference of the APF with a delegation led by NHRC Deputy Chairman, Dr. Yusof Obaidan and comprising three other NHRC members: Ms Amal al-Manai, HHRC committee member, Ms Hala al-Ali, Head of the NHRC International cooperation Unit and Mr. Mohammad al-Midhadhi, NHRC director of the Programmes and Research Department.
150 representatives from national human rights institutions, governments, civil society organisations and UN agencies from across the Asia Pacific region took part in the APF’s first Biennial Conference.
The conference (7-8 September 2011), which had previously been held on an annual basis, is one of the largest regular human rights gatherings in the region. It followed the APF’s 16th Annual Meeting (6 September 2011), which brings together all APF members and is the APF major decision-making forum.
The APF Annual Meeting and Biennial Conference was hosted by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand. The 2011 Biennial Conference focused on progress and challenges in implementing the right to development.