Kuala Lumpur hosts human rights exercise

Representatives from 14 national human rights commissions from around the Commonwealth met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August for a training exercise on resolving human rights disputes.

The week-long seminar – hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes –  looked at ways of preventing, managing and resolving human rights-related disputes.

Nita Yawanarajah, adviser and head of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Good Offices Section, said: “Every country faces human rights challenges. How it prevents, manages and resolves such disputes is what demonstrates the maturity of its institutions and the health of its democracy.”

She added: “This training is aimed to help enhance the capacity of national human rights commissions to prevent and manage human rights disputes peacefully.”

The event was the first in a series for human rights institutions planned to be held around the Commonwealth.




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