Ambassador Moushira Khattab, President of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), Mr. Essam Shiha, member of NCHR, and representatives of committees and units of NCHR participated in the regional consultations organized by the Regional Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, which is based in Beirut, on the challenges faced by governments, civil society organizations and independent national human rights mechanisms in the process of preparing and submitting reports to the treaty committees, and drawing up plans, especially during the various crises that countries are going through, whether political, social, economic or health. In her intervention, she stressed the importance of the role of the Commission and the United Nations organizations in alleviating the burden of the reporting process. She indicated that NCHR will assume the presidency of the Arab Network of National Human Rights Institutions, starting next July, and intends to give due attention to this priority including the agenda of the annual conference of the network a discussion of the issue of preparing reports and plans, especially in times of crisis, which represents a great burden not only on states but also on national human rights institutions with the entitlements of the reporting process that monitors the implementation of states' treaty obligations and monitors the implementation of human rights as an essential partner.
During the meeting, representatives of the national mechanisms in the Arab region from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs - Justice - Parliament - National Institutions - Non-Governmental Organizations presented their experiences during crises. Focus was placed on best practices for the work of these mechanisms with the exchange of ideas and information on how to enhance their role. Participants focused on the need for national mechanisms to cooperate with parliaments and institutions, national and non-governmental organizations, to support their role in carrying out their main functions to ensure the sustainability of their role in times of crisis