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ACCRA – The Chairperson of the Steering Group of the African Parliamentarians Association for Human Rights (AfriPAHR), Honorable Nqabayomzi Lawrence Saziso Kwankwa paid a working visit to Accra, Ghana from Thursday 2nd September to Saturday 4th September 2021. The objective of the visit was to familiarize himself with the work of the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) and discuss pertinent issues on advancing the cause of the network. The visit is in line with ACEPA’s collaboration with the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) to support the work of the AfriPAHR network.

Honourable Kwankwa met with identified stakeholders to share information and experiences from their work on Human Rights and Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB). He had the opportunity to engage with the Executive Secretary and staff of the secretariat of the National Peace Council. The discussions highlighted the need to forge and strengthen partnerships among organizations that promote FoRB and human rights issues as well as the importance of funding such initiatives, especially peacebuilding activities to promote peace and human rights for all on the continent and beyond.

Honourable Nqabayomzi Kwankwa also paid a courtesy call to the Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). It was an opportunity for the two to exchange ideas and for Honorable Kwankwa to learn more about the Commission’s work on democracy and fundamental human rights. The discussion brought to the fore the different models of institutional arrangements on human rights and related issues as practised in South Africa and in Ghana. It further underscored the fact that a more encompassing model similar to that practised in Ghana could serve as a useful building block upon which other African countries could develop their unique systems to protect Human Rights and FoRB for a fairer and inclusive Africa.

African Parliamentarians Association for Human Rights