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NAM CHRCD Wants Cooperation in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity Fields

Jakarta – The Director of the Non-Aligned Movement Center for Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (NAM CHRCD) Ambassador Seyed Mohammad Hassani said his organisation wanted to document a partnership agreement with the Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC) in order to realise Action Plan of Political Declaration of the NAM on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (TEHRAN+10).

“Discussion on potential collaboration between the NAM CHRCD and the NAM CSSTC is the main agenda of NAM Centre’s visit to Indonesia,” Ambassador Hassani said during a visit to the NAM CSSTC Secretariat in Jakarta on Wednesday (14/2).

Ambassador Hassani said that there is a real concern about cultural diversity in the NAM countries.

“Universality of human rights must be based on particularities. There is an attempt at cultural uniformity by extremist groups. Extremism will eventually lead to terrorism,” he added.

The Ambassador said that it has become NAM CHRCD’s prime duty to mainstream human rights and cultural diversity. In order to fulfil that task, NAM CHRCD has collaborated with several parties, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and African countries, he explained.

In addition to realising the mainstreaming of human rights and cultural diversity, NAM CHRCD is also committed to realising right to development and tackling down unilateral and coercive measures at international level.

“Two weeks from now, NAM CHRCD will attend a meeting in Geneva and also join NAM Ministerial Meeting in Azerbaijan in April,” Ambassador Hassani said.

Meanwhile, NAM CHRCD is also keen on scheduling bilateral meeting to discuss finalisation of Memorandum of Understanding with NAM CSSTC in Tehran around April or May.

In his presentation, Ambassador Hassani also mentioned that the NAM CHRCD already has several national and international legal documents. It requires additional partner to enforce practical aspects of those documents.

On the same occasion, Assistant Director for Programme Niken Supraba also said that collaboration to implement program in democracy empowerment field was one of recommendations submitted by NAM CSSTC Director Ambassador Prianti Gagarin Djatmiko-Singgih at NAM High-Level Meeting last November.

“The Director recommended supporting proposal related to democracy empowerment through capacity building programme on constitutional design for diversity and conflict, constitutional development for democracy, as well as women’s economic empowerment as an agent of peace,” Niken said in response.

In addition to Niken, the meeting was also attended by the Executive Secretary of the NAM CSSTC Pinkan Ovanita Tulung, the Assistant Director of Administration and Finance of the NAM CSSTC Hasiholan Sirmandus, along with diplomatic representatives from Iran.







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