UNDP meets with the new human rights commission
By: Nahid Hussein, UNDP Iraq
UNDP Iraq and United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Human Rights Office (UNAMI- HRO) hosted its first official meeting with the newly appointed Human Rights Commissioners in Erbil on 16 July, 2012. The meeting discussed the UN’s support to the Commission and its future partnership.
The Independent High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq is represented by 11 Commissioners who attended the meeting to voice their concerns on technical, operational and logistical matters. The establishment of the Commission is a milestone for the Government of Iraq and the Council of Representatives whose primary responsibility is to prevent human rights violations while remaining politically independent. During the meeting, UNDP Country Director, Mr. Peter Batchelor, re-affirmed the UN’s support to the commission, stating that it will continue to facilitate and provide forums to discuss and resolve issues related to its work, in addition to providing technical advisory support.
UNDP and UNAMI encouraged the Commissioners to appoint a President and Deputy to facilitate and improve the quality of its work. The proposed budget and the new office of the Commission were discussed and Ms. Rini Reza, Governance Cluster Manager, stated that UNDP will establish an office within the Commission to ensure the continuity of its support.
The Commissioners stated they looked forward to a strong partnership with the UN and stressed the need for its expertise.
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Gert Meinecke, the Danish Ambassador.