Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions brings together and supports national human rights institutions to promote and protect human rights



A world where everyone everywhere fully enjoys their human rights



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 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.

Our Theory of Change

GANHRI, with and through its members, positively impacts on human rights globally when:

  • NHRIs are established and accredited as independent Paris Principle compliant institutions in all countries of the world;
  • NHRIs are supported, strengthened and protected to independently and effectively fulfil their mandate of promotion and protection of human rights;
  • NHRIs collaborate and share experience and knowledge regionally and globally;
  • NHRIs can speak with unified voices and influence the global policy agenda;
  • NHRIs contribute towards a world where everyone everywhere fully enjoys their human rights.


GAHNRI calls on states to establish gender-sensitive early warning mechanisms to protect NHRIs and HRDs work 

In its statement at HRC51, GANHRI welcomed the report of the High Commissioner, supporting the call for trustworthy decision-making environment that protects and empowers civil society and human rights defenders, in face of alarming implications on the global mid-pandemic trend of shrinking of civic space.

GANHRI 2021 Annual report: A year in review 

Our 2021 Annual Report is now available. It documents what we achieved together to promote and protect human rights across the globe in the past year.

Practical Guidance for NHRIs on Addressing Human Rights and Climate Change now released

National human rights institutions around the world are now able to access practical tools and support to strengthen their efforts in protecting and promoting human rights in the context of climate change.

GANHRI 2023 Annual Meeting to be held from 14-16 March

The GANHRI 2023 Annual Meeting will be held on 14-15-16 March 2023.

GANHRI Working Groups on ageing and on business and human rights meet to discuss future plans 

Members of the WG on ageing and human rights of older persons met to discuss upcoming opportunities for NHRIs for engagement at the international level and with the UN Core Group.
The WG on Business and Human Rights organised an online learning call for NHRIs on due diligence and discussed EU regulatory landscape.

GANHRI pledges to collaborate with newly appointed Special Rapporteur in addressing climate change and environmental issues at HRC50

GANHRI delivered a statement at HRC50 in response to the SR report and welcomed the six thematic priorities he will focus on during his mandate. We reiterated the commitment NHRIs pledged to in promoting a human rights-based climate action through the work of the Caucus on Climate change and human rights.