In recent times, some West African countries have had to deal with rising human rights concerns. Particularly, threats associated with violent extremism and terrorism as well as political instability in the region are matters of grave concern for all relevant stakeholders in the sub-region. It is no secret that political transitions have become problematic in some West-African economies, fuelling human rights violations against citizens and other human rights defenders such as the judiciary, NGOs, and CSOs. Governments in the sub-region have, therefore, been urged to work collectively with the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), particularly in West Africa to strategically put an end to these human rights violations.
The Network of National Human Rights Institutions was established in 2006 pursuant to the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance, to bring together National Human Rights Institutions in all sixteen (16) West African countries. The purpose of this network is to ensure that all NHRIs unite with a common voice targeted at fulfilling their various mandates of promoting the respect for and protection of human rights.
At its 4th regional consultation of NHRIs held from the 28th– 30th of June 2022 in Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire, the Network retained Ghana’s Commissioner of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) as President for the Network of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in West Africa, for another three year term
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