The Announcement of the 'National Human Rights Action Plan”

Dec 10, 2012

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, the Secretary General of the Parliament and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will officially announce “The Human Rights Action Plan” on Monday December 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Plenary Chamber at the Lebanese Parliament. The Human Rights Parliamentary Committee formed this action plan in cooperation with UNDP and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. It will be distributed among the participants including ministers, parliamentarians, ambassadors, NGOs, international organizations, academic personnel, experts and reporters. 

The ceremony will include speeches delivered by the Speaker of Parliament, H.E Mr. Nabih Berri, UNDP’s Resident Representative, Mr. Robert Watkins, the head of the Human Rights Parliamentary Committee, Dr. Michel Moussa and the Rapporteur of the Human Rights Parliamentary Committee, Mr. Ghassan Mukhaiber. 

The idea of developing “The Human Rights Action Plan” emerged during the Human Rights International Conference, which was held in Vienna, Austria in 1993, where the “Vienna Declaration” recommended that “each State consider the desirability of drawing up a national action plan identifying steps whereby that State would improve the promotion and protection of human rights”. 

In response to this recommendation, the Human Rights Parliamentary Committee initiated and pursued, in 2005, the development of a national Human Rights action plan in Lebanon, in cooperation with the UNDP’s project at the Lebanese parliament and the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The plan was set in coordination with international organizations, ministries, and the civil society. The time frame for finalizing the plan was five years.
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