The 11th Asian NGO Network on Human Rights Institution (ANNI) conference is held in Kathmandu from 6th March. The program was participated by ANNI members from Nepal, Srilanka, India, Bangaladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Mangolia, Tiwan, South Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Pakistan and Timor-Leste. The program will be held from 6th to 7th March.
While welcoming the participants, INSEC chairperson Subodh Raj Pyakurel stressed on National Human Rights Institution’s (NHRI) function. He added that NHRI in Nepal could not function as per the expectation. He also showed concern on the ongoing human rights situation of Philippines and Bangladesh. Director Betty Yolanda of Forum Asia briefly introduced the agenda of the program. The major objective of the conference is to assess the performance of National Human Rights Institution in Asia. ANNI has its 36 member organizations and are active on advocacy towards the establishment and strengthening of national human rights institutions in asia. The major objective of the conference is to highlight positive development and explore ways to enhance constructive engagement between NHRI and other stake holders. The program was jointly organized by ANNI, Forum-asia and INSEC.
During the program, the ANNI members had presented the human rights situation of their respective countries. The participants had also visited the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal and discussed about the functioning of NHRC with the NHRC chair Anup Raj Sharma .
The previous ANNI meeting was held in Seoul, South Korea on 7-8th March 2017.