The role of NHRIs in protecting displaced and stateless persons
On February 16, RIHR participated in the online event themed Protecting displaced and stateless persons: the role and experiences of NHRIs and opportunities for collaboration with UNHCR. The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Norway Permanent Mission to UN Geneva co-hosted the event that brought together over 200 participants from around the world (Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa).
On this occasion, The Guide to UNHCR cooperation with National Human Rights Institutions was launched. This guide provides suggestions on practical ways in which UNHCR can work with National Human Rights Institutions to ensure that governments meet their international obligations towards refugees and displaced persons.
The representatives of the Romanian Institute for Human Rights underlined the recent collaboration with the UNHCR representation in Romania on the in the field related to activities of information and training on the integration in society of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, as well as on the research segment, UNHCR providing support for comparative studies in this field, carried out within internship programs hosted by RIHR.
The participants also discussed the role and experiences of NHRIs in protecting displaced people and stateless persons and provided examples of collaboration between UNHCR and NHRIs at local level, analyzing opportunities for replication in other regions, as well as possible new niches and cooperation opportunities in the field.