The NHRIs launched the network at the end of their three-day meeting in Kenya's Mombasa city on Friday (Photo EHRC)

Human Rights Watchdogs of 6 Igad Nations Launch Regional Network

ADDIS ABABA – The National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) of six East African countries have launched a network in a bid to enhance their capacity and cooperation for promoting and protecting human rights in the sub-region.

The regional network has the NHRIs of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda as its founding members.

The institutions launched the network at the end of a three-day long meeting in Kenya’s Mombasa city where they reviewed and adopted the agreement on establishing the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) NHRIs Network.

“The Agreement marks a significant milestone to promote good governance and the rule of law through the promotion of human rights,” Igad’s Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu said.

The Igad NHRIs Network envisions fostering collaboration among the national human rights institutions of the IGAD member states.

It also aims to assist each member to fully conform with the Status of National Human Rights Institutions, also known as the Paris Principles, towards the execution of their promotion, and protection of human rights mandates.

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is among the founding members of the Igad NHRIs network.

Its chief commissioner Daniel Bekele in a statement said, “EHRC is honored to be a founding Member of the Network which aims to strengthen cooperation and communication among the IGAD NHRIs including coordination to respond to human rights issues in the sub-region and sharing of experiences.”

Daniel also appreciated Igad’s supporting and facilitating role in the establishment of the regional NHRIs Network.