OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwrie - Dec. 16, 2009) - The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) was elected Chair of the Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions at its recent meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad.Its recent meeting in Trinidad, huh? Well, if one has to travel somewhere to talk about climate change and advance thematic "human rights" priorities (whatever the heck that means), the Caribbean is an awfully nice climate in which to do it.
"The Canadian Human Rights Commission looks forward to working with Forum members to facilitate networking and the sharing of best practices," said CHRC Deputy Chief Commissioner David Langtry. "Our mandate will be to promote greater collaboration among NationaI Human Rights Institutions in order to advance thematic human rights priorities."
The theme of the last meeting, held in November 2009, was climate change and human rights. Discussions focussed on the human rights implications of climate change, including its impact on people's right to food, to housing, to health and to work. The Forum brought together institutions from 24 Commonwealth countries, and international partner institutions including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions was established in February 2007. The CHRC term as chair is for a period of two years...
Update: Lavish Lynch junkets, busted (h/t BCF).