NHRC, partners discuss human rights

Thursday, May 30, 2019

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) with national institutions and stakeholders recently held a day discussion to foster cooperation for the effective promotion and protection of human rights in The Gambia, held at Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kotu.

Established by an Act of the National Assembly of The Gambia in 2017, NHRC is an independent state body responsible for human rights promotion, protection and monitoring. The discussion brought together parliamentarians and civil society organisations, among others.

Nessie Golakai-Gouldg, deputy resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said NHRC is a key component for a strong and effective national human rights protection system in The Gambia, that helps to ensure the compliance of Gambian laws and practices with all international human rights norms, principles and standards.

She said the Commission will support Gambia government in her drive to uphold the principle that human rights are inherent to all human beings, without distinction of nationality, place of residence, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.

Madam Golakai-Gouldg said the Commission has important but challenging task ahead as the independent permanent body created by the National Assembly of The Gambia to promote and protect human rights of all in The Gambia. “It is essential that the Commission receive a full spectrum of support from the government to fulfil its mandate and obligation of the Never Again mandate,” she said.

She added that a great opportunity is being presented to The Gambia to maintain peace, security and social cohesion through the establishment of the NHRC. “Especially with the current state of affairs where other important transitional justice mechanisms are ongoing, mainly the TRRC, CRC, security sector reform, judicial and civil service reform and the redrafting of several pieces of the legislative instruments.”

According to her, key element of the protection system is the existence of an independent and effective national human rights institution to oversee the implementation of international, regional and national human rights norms. “To do this effectively, NHRIs must be independent,” she stated.

Author: Fatou Dem