Human Rights Commission of the Maldives

CFNHRI endorses Kigali Declaration

Published on 04-06-2015

The Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions endorsed the declaration on prevention and elimination of child, early and forced marriage (Kigali Declaration) in the Commonwealth, following a working session on the imperative to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriages held in Kigali.

The Commonwealth conducted two working sessions for the NHRI’s from 4-7th of May 2015 on early and forced marriages and on understanding conflict-related sexual violence: Key roles of NHRI’s.

In addition to commenting and endorsing the Kigali Declaration, the objectives of the working sessions were to raise awareness on successful regional organizations and civil society approaches and strategies, understanding the importance of collaboration in order to work to scale, raise awareness on projects and strategies aimed at prevention and elimination of early and forced marriages and to formulate a result based framework and to increase the awareness on the general definitions and parameters of sexual violence in conflict. Furthermore, the sessions were also a platform to exchange the best practices of the NHRIs that attended the session.

Along with the Maldives, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda were present at the working session that endorsed the Kigali Declaration.