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Arab Asia-Pacific NGO Workshop on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Promotion an

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AMMAN, JORDAN (August 06, 2009) On August 2, 2009, the Amman Center for Human Rights Studies in cooperation with the Forum Asia, the International Women Rights Watch- Asia Pacific, the international Services for Human Rights ISHR and The Foundation For the Future, held the Arab Asia-Pacific NGO Workshop on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

The conference took place at the Jerusalem International Hotel in Amman, Jordan. There were 44 participants from the following 22 countries, Australia, Bahrain, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Yemen.

The workshop focused on the NHRIs and the Paris Principles presented by Ms. Emerlynne Gil of FORUM-ASIA and Mr. Henri Tiphagne of People's Watch-India where they discussed the nature of NHRIs and their significant role in the promotion and protection of human rights at the national level. Also, there was a discussion during this session on the Paris Principles and the standards on independence, effectiveness, transparency, and accountability that are embodied therein.

Challenges facing Human Rights Defenders in the Arab & Asian were tackled during the seminar, as well as the establishment of NHRIs in the Arab & Asian Regions. In this session, the speakers talked about their experiences as human rights defenders working for the establishment of national human rights institutions in their countries. The speakers also talked about the significance of having an NHRI in their countries and how they see these institutions making an impact on promoting and protecting human rights on the ground.

a representative of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran., talked about the situation of Human rights in her country and the post elections violations that came as a response to the civil society movement of protest and urged all the activists to consider the violations of Human rights in Iran as everybody's matter.

Mr Tsou Tzung Han presented the situation in Taiwan.

A discussion on the engagement of Arab & Asia-Pacific NGOs with their NHRIs followed the presentation. It focused on individuals' experiences and best practices noted over the past year of collaborations and cooperation between NGOs and NIs in the protection of human rights defenders at the national level.

Finally, the last session focused on advocacy at the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. This session focused on an introduction of what is the International Coordinating Committee (ICC). The speakers also discussed the work of the ANNI of giving input to the accreditation-review process of the ICC Sub-Committee on Accreditation and how this type of work has contributed to their advocacy at the national level for the development of an independent, effective, and transparent NHRI.