Rwanda hosted Commonwealth Forum for National Human Rights Institutions.

National Commission for Human Rights/Rwanda, in collaboration with the British Equality and Human Rights Commission, organized a Biennial Meeting held in Kigali, on 16 and 17 June 2022 under the theme “Human Rights for All at the Heart of Recovery Efforts During and After COVID-19.” The meeting brought together National Human Rights institutions from 26 member countries

The two-day conference focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on socio-economic, civil and political rights and on the role National Human Rights Institutions can play in promoting and protecting their citizens’ rights during the post-pandemic recovery process. 

The discussions focused on impact of COVID-19 on socio-economic rights as well as civil and political rights and the role of National Human Rights Institutions in efficiently promoting and protecting them towards recover processes. 

The meeting provided a united voice on human rights priorities and member states and other stakeholders learnt from each other’s insights, experiences, and expertise.

During the meeting, the United Kingdom that has been the forum’s chair since 2018 passed the chair-ship over to Rwanda National Commission for Human Rights for a term that will run until their next Biennial meeting.

At the end of the meeting, the Forum issued recommendations to Heads of States and Governments as contained in “The Kigali Declaration”