Within the framework of the project ‘Linking Good Security Sector Governance and SDG 16’, DCAF and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) hosted a virtual workshop on 3 November 2022 for representatives of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from Costa Rica, Georgia, Kenya and the Philippines.
The workshop examined their role in preventing conflict within the context of Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice, and strong institutions (SDG 16). It underscored that, as independent institutions established by law to promote and protect human rights, advise governments, and hold them to account, NHRIs play a crucial role in advancing progress towards SDG 16.
By receiving and handling complaints, and monitoring and investigating human rights abuses, NHRIs play a particularly important role in preventing the onset and reoccurrence of conflict— a function acknowledged in the Kyiv Declaration on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations.
Through promoting the rule of law and facilitating access to justice (SDG target 16.3), and through contributing to the development of effective, accountable, and transparent institutions (SDG target 16.6), NHRIs can provide remedy and redress for human rights violations and oversee the provision of public services. In doing so, they directly contribute to SDG target 16.1 on reducing violence everywhere by tackling the grievances, injustices and exclusion that often drive conflict cycles.