Wednesday, December 2, 2009
COMMONWEALTH HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM HELD IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
One of the several pre-CHOGM events taking place in Trinidad and Tobago during the week of November 23-27 was the 2009 Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (CFNHRI). Held at the Crowne Plaza, Port of Spain on November 23rd and 24th, the Forum was co-chaired by Trinidad and Tobago’s Ombudsman, Lynette Stephenson, S.C.
The Forum, taking place as it did just before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), considered issues of strengthening the capacity of National Human Rights Institutions to advance human rights, in line with the 2009 CHOGM theme of Partnering for a more Equitable and Sustainable Future.
L-R: Mr. Jarvis Matiya, Human Rights Officer, Commonwealth Secretariat, Ombudsman Lynette Stephenson, Mr. David Langtry, Canadian Human Rights Commission
The Forum was attended by delegates from the countries of Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Canada, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, the Maldives, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Scotland, Sierra Leone, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda.
Addressing the closing ceremony was Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
Full Roster of Conference Delegates