Le Sahel reported on 5 July that a workshop was held to launch the activities of the establishment of a Human rights Commission. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Justice with the support of the United Nations System in Niger, including UNFPA. In a speech on this occasion, the Coordinator a.i. of the United Nations System, Yacine Diallo indicated that a National Commission on Human rights, to be recognized by the international community must be created on a basis taking into account criteria relating to its independence from its operation, its working relations with other actors in the human rights such as civil society, media, institutions of human rights, public administrations in charge of human rights, and the Parliament of Niger. In his speech of launch, the Minister of Justice, Marou Amadou underlined that the promotion and protection of human rights are a priority for the Government and asked participants to propose texts which ensure total independence of the Commission. He addressed his thanks to UNFPA for its financial support.