UN Objectives and Paris Principles in Focus at Oman’s Human Rights Forum
Oman served as the host country for the recent “Human Rights Institutions Forum,” fostering collaboration among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and various stakeholders. This forum, organized by the Oman Human Rights Commission in conjunction with the General Secretariat of the GCC, brought together representatives from GCC countries, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, government bodies, and civil society organizations. The event aimed to discuss critical aspects of human rights, including the United Nations’ core objectives, the Paris Principles, and their application within the GCC region.
Strengthening Bonds of Cooperation
The forum facilitated meaningful discussions on human rights issues and marked a significant platform for the exchange of insights and experiences among participating entities. Maqsoud Kruse, leading the delegation of the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), underlined the importance of the institution’s role in advancing human rights awareness and its commitment to promoting these values across society. He expressed satisfaction in participating in this gathering, which helps enhance cooperation between human rights institutions within the GCC.
Key Agenda Items
The event featured a range of key agenda items, including discussions on the United Nations’ foundational objectives in the realm of human rights and the implementation of the Paris Principles. Participants also delved into the history and development of human rights institutions within the GCC, shedding light on their mechanisms and achievements.
Promoting a Culture of Human Rights
A fundamental theme of the forum was to emphasize the cultivation of a culture of human rights in the region. Maqsoud Kruse, during his participation, highlighted the NHRI’s recent developments, both in terms of its foundational and organizational activities and its engagement in local and international events. He affirmed the NHRI’s unwavering commitment to nurturing human rights values within society.
Cooperation on Regional and International Stages
Furthermore, the forum showcased the GCC’s efforts in promoting and enhancing a culture of human rights. It explored mechanisms and avenues for cooperation among GCC institutions, with a specific focus on strengthening collaborations on regional and international platforms in the context of human rights.
A Diverse Delegation
The NHRI delegation was composed of individuals representing various committees and departments. This diverse team, led by Maqsoud Kruse, included members with expertise in human rights culture promotion, legal affairs, economic and social rights, international relations, and more. Their collective participation highlighted the institution’s comprehensive approach to human rights advocacy.
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