The European Network for National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) held its General Assembly Meeting and Annual Conference in Athens from the 24th to the 25th of October 2018. During these two days, representatives of NHRIs and Ombudsman Institutions attended this conference on “Ombudsman Institutions and other institutions under threat”.
The Conference started with the General Assembly, where ENNHRI members elected their new Office Holders. On this occasion, Emily Logan, former Irish Ombudsman for Children and current Chief Commissioner from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, was elected as the new ENNHRI Chair, serving on the ENNHRI Board as well as on the Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) Bureau.
This conference also provided the opportunity to participants to exchange challenges and good practices during the three small group sessions covering following topics: Shrinking Democratic Space, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Asylum and Migration. Moreover, ENNHRI members discussed strategies on how to deal and overcome threats to human rights institutions.
Michael O´Flaherty, Director of the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), emphasised the need to adapt the work of NHRIs in order to be able to solve the challenges that are faced during this difficult times for human rights.
Günther Kräuter, Secretary General of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), intervened as one of the moderators and thanked Lora Vidovic, the Croatian Ombudswoman and her team for their great work and exceptional cooperation with the IOI.
Source: International Ombudsman Institute