Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions

Vision

Vision

A world where everyone everywhere fully enjoys their human rights

Mission

Mission

GANHRI unites, promotes and strengthens NHRIs to operate in line with the Paris Principles and provides leadership in the promotion and protection of human rights

Principles and Values

Principles and Values

GANHRI as a member-based global alliance, works in accordance with the Principles as laid down in its Statute

OUR MEMBERS

Our Identity

Representing more than 110 NHRIs, their members and staff across all regions, GANHRI is one of the largest human rights networks worldwide. With a Head Office in Geneva and a governance structure representing NHRIs around the world, GANHRI is truly global.

Enriched by its diversity, GANHRI works in close synergy with the four regional networks of NHRIs in Africa, the Americas, the Asia Pacific and Europe, creating one comprehensive structure of independent networks.

GANHRI is recognised, and is a trusted partner, of the United Nations. It has established strong relationships with the UN Human Rights Office, UNDP and other UN agencies, as well as with other international and regional organisations, NGOs, civil society and academia.

Highlights

GANHRI members to meet in New York to set priorities for strengthening NHRIs around the globe and engage in 14th session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing

Members and representatives of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), Regional Chairpersons and coordinators from the four NHRI regional networks, and GANHRI members from all regions are set to meet in New York this week to discuss priorities for strengthening NHRIs around the globe, and engage in the 14th session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  

NHRIs to redouble efforts on business and human rights

National human rights institutions (NHRIs) from across the globe will redouble their efforts to promote and protect human rights in relation to the activities of business, with a particular focus on pressing issues such as climate change and threats to online civic space.
More than 80 NHRIs participating at the GANHRI Annual Conference adopted the Outcome Statement on Business and Human Rights: the Role and Experiences of NHRIs.

NHRIs to strengthen cooperation in the face of mounting threats

With human rights, peace and security facing mounting threats across the globe, national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from all regions will gather in Geneva to discuss areas for collaboration and strategies to prevent and address violations.

More than 200 representatives from NHRIs, UN agencies, States and civil society will take part in the GANHRI Annual Meeting and Conference, to be held from 6-8 May 2024.

New NHRI accreditation database now available

The NHRI Accreditation Database features recommendations developed by the GANHRI Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) since 2017, which seek to support and strengthen NHRIs to operate in compliance with the Paris Principles 
The recommendations are organised against the requirements set out in the Paris Principles and the General Observations, providing NHRIs with valuable insights into the criteria and steps that can be taken to promote their independence, effectiveness and credibility. 

Ireland: Placing community voices at the heart of policymaking 

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has an incredibly diverse range of human rights mandates. Central to the Commission’s efforts to effect lasting change is ensuring that policymaking at all levels reflects and responds to the lived experiences of people at risk of human rights violations. Former Chief Commissioner Sinéad Gibney discussed the Commission’s priorities and principles at the 14th International Conference of NHRIs. 

Preventing torture: How NHRIs can be powerful agents of change

National human rights institutions (NHRIs), including those designated as National Prevention Mechanisms (NPMs), can be powerful actors to prevent torture and ill-treatment, as well as safeguard the rights of those who face heightened risks when deprived of liberty. Barbara Bernath, Secretary General of the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), speaking at the 14th International Conference of NHRIs, describes some of the practical ways that NHRIs can use their unique mandate to drive change at the national level.