India’s NHRI takes part in capacity assessment program
Graphic: Representatives from the Commission and the capacity assessment team
Commissioners, managers and staff have shared their ideas to strengthen the NHRI so it can continue to address serious human rights violations.
Commissioners, senior managers and staff from the National Human Rights Commission of India have shared their ideas to strengthen the organisation so it can continue to respond to the many serious human rights issues in the country.
Around 300 participants took part in focus groups to offer their input as part of a capacity assessment program, which ran from 3-14 December 2018 and was facilitated by representatives from the APF, UNDP and OHCHR.
The capacity assessment program supports national human rights institutions to identify the capacities they have and those they need to develop in order to be as effective as possible.
In addition, the capacity assessment team held discussions with a broad range of the Commission's key stakeholders, including government ministries, NGOs, academics, UN agencies and state-based human rights commissions.
"The Commission is the oldest national human rights institution in South Asia and a founding member of the APF," said APF NHRI Expert Consultant Chris Sidoti, who led the capacity assessment.
"Over the past 25 years, it has conducted a number of landmark inquiries and investigations into serious and systemic human rights violations," he said.
"However, all NHRIs can benefit from the opportunity to reflect and renew so they are best placed to promote and protect human rights, whether that involves combating entrenched problems or responding to emerging issues."
It is a self-assessment process that uses small group discussions and surveys to collect and distil the insights and aspirations of those working within the NHRI.
The report following each capacity assessment proposes strategies to strengthen the NHRI as a whole, to develop the capacities of staff individually and collectively, and to make the internal processes of the NHRI more effective and more efficient.
Date: 6 February 2019
- Representatives from the Commission and the capacity assessment team - APF
- Discussions between the Commission and the capacity assessment team - APF/Faso Aishath