Themed "Expanding the civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a specific focus on women: The role of national human rights institutions", the three-day meeting, is held under the patronage of Moroccan King, Mohammad VI, and co-hosted by Morocco's National Human Rights Council (CNDH) and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Representing Lebanon at the conference are members of the National Commission for Human Rights -- which also runs the Committee for the prevention of Torture -- Bassam Qantar, and Reda Azar.
The first body of the National Commission for Human Rights was formed in Lebanon in April, 2018.
The overall objective will be to explore the roles and contributions that National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have in expanding civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a particular attention to women human rights defenders.
The objective will be achieved through sharing experiences, lessons and practices from NHRIs' work from all regions and input from UN experts, regional organizations, and civil society organizations, especially human rights defenders' organizations.
The discussion will take into account the political, economic, and societal factors and their interplay that are the root-causes of the threats to civic space and human rights defenders so as to permit reflections on the transferability of successful solutions.
The Conference will conclude with the adoption of a final Declaration, to be prepared by the Conference Drafting Committee. The Declaration will set out a strategy and actions for NHRIs, GANHRI and regional networks to ensure impact of the Conference outcomes are long term, including a roadmap for regional action plans.
Approximately 300 representatives are expected to participate in the Conference.
The Conference will see the participation of NHRIs from all regions, the four NHRI regional networks, as well as NGOs, human rights defenders, and representatives of international, regional and national bodies.