Wellington, March 26 NZPA - Human Rights Commission head Rosslyn Noonan has been elected chairwoman of an international human rights organisation.
The appointment in Geneva today involves a role with the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC), which is charged with strengthening and establishing independent, effective national human rights institutions that meet international standards.
Justice Minister Simon Power praised the appointment and said as well as being an honour for Ms Noonan, it was also a reflection of New Zealand's work and standing in the international community on human rights issues.
Ms Noonan's brief will involve her overseeing the ICC's role in accrediting emerging national human rights institutions and ensuring they meet the standards set by the United Nations Paris Principles.
National human rights institutions are independent of governments and separate from non-governmental organisations.