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.


GANHRI and UN partners meet to support national human rights institutions 

The Annual Review Meeting of the GANHRI-OHCHR-UNDP TriPartite Partnership (TPP), to be held in New York on 24-25 May 2023, will involve representatives of the four regional NHRI networks (NANHRI; RINDHCA; APF; ENNHRI). The high level delegation will be led by GANHRI Secretary Amina Bouayach, President of Morocco’s Conseil National des Droits de l’Homme.

New representatives of GANHRI Bureau elected from APF and RINDHCA regions

The election of the NHRI of India and Australia as GANHRI Bureau members representing APF region was ratified in March 2023.
The NHRI of Bolivia, Canada, Guatemala and Argentina were elected for the RINDHCA region. Their election will be ratified during the next GANHRI General Assembly.

GANHRI members adopt amendments to the GANHRI Statute, further consolidating the rigour of the accreditation process

The amendments, which have been adopted by consensus,  further enhance the rigour of the accreditation process by enabling that both A-status and B-status accredited NHRIs may be subject to a Special Review or Suspension of accreditation status  if their circumstances changed in a way that may affect their compliance with the Paris Principles. 

At global meeting, national human rights institutions approve new strategic plan, expressing concern at pushbacks for universal human rights

The GANHRI Annual Meeting, held on 14-16 March 2023, provided a platform for NHRI members to exchange and learn from each other, reviewing our work and deciding collectively on next steps moving forward.

At HRC52 GANHRI reaffirms key role of HRDs in promoting and protecting human rights at the global level

Raquel Caballero de Guevara, Procuradora of NHRI El Salvador and Chairperson of RINDCHA, intervened on behalf of GANHRI during the interactive dialogue with SR on Human Rights Defenders called on all States to support the renewal of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur.

NHRIs as key actors in preventing and fighting torture and other forms of ill-treatment 

Louise Holck, Executive Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, intervened on behalf of GANHRI during the interactive dialogue with SR on torture and other ill-treatment encouraging member states that have not yet done so to increase protection against torture of their national population through the establishment of independent and well-resourced NHRIs.

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