The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Coordination Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC), the Serbian Protector of Citizens (Ombudsman) and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia organized an international expert seminar on the relationship between National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Parliaments with the support of the United Nations Country Team in Serbia on 22-23 February 2012.
The aim of the gathering was to facilitate discussions globally on a framework of cooperation between parliaments and national human rights institutions. The participants agreed that NHRIs have a crucial role in the promotion and monitoring of the effective implementation of international human rights standards at the national level.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the participants adopted by consensus the “Belgrade Principles” which aim at providing guidance on how the interaction and cooperation between NHRIs and Parliaments should be developed in the future.
Find more information on the websites of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Serbian Ombudsman.