Parliament is a key stakeholder in the promotion of human rights, in particular by bringing the national legal framework in line with international human rights commitments, including those resulting from the work of the Human Rights Council. It is therefore necessary to establish long-term cooperation between parliaments and this UN mechanism.
It is against this backdrop that the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) are jointly organizing a Seminar on Translating international human rights commitments into national realities: The contribution of parliaments to the work of the UN Human Rights Council, for Central and Eastern European Parliaments in Bucharest on 17 and 18 February 2014.
The first in a series of regional events designed to enhance the contribution of parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Seminar seeks to inform parliamentarians about the existence and working of this mechanisms. It also seeks to encourage them to become more involved in its work, in particular in implementing its recommendations, specifically those related to the UPR.
The Seminar furthermore aims to showcase good parliamentary practice in the area of promoting human rights in general and to encourage parliaments to work with other stakeholders, including national human rights institutions and civil society with a view to better tackling this issue.
The proceedings will be conducted in English, French and Romanian.