The Broad Consultative Process
The SSCHR adopted an extensive consultative approach to the strategy’s preparation, at two parallel levels: the first was consultations between relevant ministries and bodies, while the second was consultations with civil society representatives through an extensive societal dialogue.
This approach is consistent with the consultative planning approach adopted by the State. Six hearing sessions were held to receive suggestions related to the development of the strategy draft. They were attended by representatives of the National Council for Human Rights, non-governmental organizations from different governorates, syndicates and trade unions, research centers and universities, federations of chambers of commerce and businessmen associations, public figures and the intellectuals. After the elaboration of the draft, phase two of the consultations started with hearing sessions with the Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives, and representatives from the National Council for Human Rights, non-governmental organizations, and public figures.
The purpose was to review the most prominent features of the draft and its target results. These hearing sessions witnessed a constructive dialogue, which produced several proposals relating to different pillars of the strategy, some of which were included therein.
Furthermore, the Committee set up "an Advisory Body", including 25 public figures and experts of law, economics, public policies and strategic planning to engage different calibers in the preparation of the Strategy.