From left: Justice Ben Kioko, judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Ms. Tone Skogen, Norway’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, head of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights(ACHPR), Cmr Soyata Maiga, special Rapporteur of the ACHPR, and Mr. Andreas Gaarder, Norway’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the AU.). Photo: RNE/MAKJ
Norway’s State Secretary Hosts Luncheon on the Occasion of the African Year of Human Rights
Last updated: 29.01.2016 //
On Thursday 28th January, the Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Tone Skogen, hosted a luncheon gathering key individuals representing different African human rights mechanisms and institutions. On the occasion of 2016 being the African Year for Human Rights, with a particular focus on Women’s Rights, the luncheon provided a unique opportunity to discuss the expectations for the year ahead, as well as the human rights opportunities and challenges on the African continent.
Among the participants at the luncheon were Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, head of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Justice Ben Kioko, judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Mr. Ivan Simonovic, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights and Mr. Yves Leterme, Secretary General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).
At the AU Summit in January 2015, Norway entered a strategic partnership with the African Union. The partnership builds on three pillars: peace and security, sustainable development and job creation, and human rights and governance. The African Year on Human Rights provides an excellent opportunity to further develop the important human rights pillar, in close cooperation with AU’s human rights bodies and other relevant partners.