Djibouti, February 07,2022
HE Executive Director of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI) Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali stressed the need for the financial and administrative independence of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and the ANNHRI’s commitment to implement its tasks to raise its capabilities to carry out its role in accordance with the Paris Principles of 1993.
During his current visit to Djibouti and meetings with a number of officials and institutions concerned, Al Jamali said that the Doha-based ANNHRI is keen that the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) in Djibouti bases its work on independence, pluralism, and transparency, which will enable it to see a major role in the process of promoting these rights.
In his meeting with HE Djibouti’s Speaker of the National Assembly Mohamed Ali Houmed, Secretary-General of the Cabinet Secretariat Najib Mohamed, and President of the National Commission of Human Rights in Djibouti Saleban Omar Aden, he stressed the important role of the Council in amending the law establishing the Djiboutian National Commission, in line with the Paris Principles, and expressed the network’s full support for all the efforts of the government and civil society organizations in this regard.
He also stressed the importance of governmental financial support for the National Commission for Human Rights in Djibouti, as one of the most important conditions for establishing national institutions, in addition to granting it financial and administrative independence to perform its advisory role for state institutions with impartiality.
He said that the Arab Network is keen for Arab national institutions to have a high level of independence, which qualifies them to obtain the highest rating in the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).
Al Jamali was briefed on the challenges and obstacles facing the National Committee in Djibouti, stressing the need to develop an action plan to raise the capabilities of its technical and professional staff.
In press statements, he reviewed the tasks of the network, which includes 15 national institutions in the Arab region, in terms of supporting it and raising its capabilities to qualify it for an ‘A’ classification within the national institutions that are members of the GANHRI, and in accordance with their compliance with the Paris Principles.
For his part, the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Djibouti praised the role of the Arab Network in promoting, protecting, and strengthening human rights in the Arab region, stressing the council’s keenness to provide legal support to the Djibouti National Commission, and recently establishing in this regard a human rights committee affiliated to him, in his belief of the importance of enabling independent human rights work in Djibouti