Equity, equality, justice and inclusiveness agreed as principles of new Kurdistan Region Human Rights Board

19 Sep 2013

imageTavga Rashid, Director-General of the new Kurdistan Region Independent Board of Human Rights. Photo by UNDP Iraq 2013

The Kurdistan Region Independent Board of Human Rights was established in early 2013 with the support of UNDP. The Board is mandated to promote, protect, and advocate for human rights in the Kurdistan Region.

32 members of the Kurdistan Region Independent Board for Human Rights (IBHR) from Duhok, Erbil, and Sulaymaniyah met from 16-19 September 2013 in Erbil to discuss the vision of the Board and the way forward. Their objective was to develop a jointly agreed vision, outline the Kurdistan Region’s human rights priorities, and enhance the understanding of international standards and operating frameworks of National Human Rights Institutions.

With the Human Rights Board in the driving seat, experts from Canada, South Africa, and Palestine were invited to support and enhance the capacity of the new Board through a review of Law 4/2010 in line with the Paris Principles.

Sessions on national human rights institutions global and best practices were presented by the visiting experts and UN specialists, in addition to criteria of accreditation of national human rights institutions.

The workshop successfully concluded with the participants adopting equity, equality, justice and inclusiveness as main principles that will guide and inform the vision of the Board. The workshop also identified education, Domestic violence, youth, children and the death penalty as thematic areas for their work in the Kurdistan Region.

UNDP will continue to provide capacity building and institutional development support in the coming two years to the IBHR to enable it to perform its duties as an independent board to promote human rights in across the Kurdistan Region.