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

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 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.

Highlights

Call for participation – Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Minority Issues on “Conflict prevention and the protection of the human rights of minorities”

The Regional Forum will take place from 7-8 September 2021 and will be hosted by the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Dr. Fernand de Varennes, and the Tom Lantos Institute, in cooperation with partners.

Overview of GANHRI 2021 Annual Meeting

GANHRI brought together online more than 300 participants from NHRIs, partners, and experts worldwide for engagement and exchange during its Annual Meeting held from 29 June to 01 July 2021.

GANHRI-OHCHR-UNDP Tripartite Partnership release findings of a commissioned study regarding NHRIs experiences with COVID-19

The objective of the study, commissioned by the GANHRI-OHCHR-UNDP Tripartite Partnership in support of National Human Rights Institutions, is to provide a collaborative analysis to share good practices, experiences and lessons learned pertaining to NHRIs and their response to COVID-19. 

United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The 14th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will take place virtually from 12-16 July 2021. Deadline for registration as speaker: 25 June 2021

Temporary governance arrangements

In accordance with article 1 of the GANHRI Statute, Dr Ali Bin Samikh Al-Marri, GANHRI Secretary, in the absence of the GANHRI Chairperson, will carry out the role and functions of the GANHRI Chairperson on a temporary basis.

Call for inputs from the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

This thematic report will focus on ways and means to overcome the obstacles existing to the full and effective protection of the human rights of migrants. Deadline 14 June 2021.

Joint statement in support of the Office of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights

ENNHRI, Equinet, GANHRI, IOI, ODIHR and OHCHR signed a statement in support of the Office of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights and express a concern regarding developments that may threaten the work of this important institution.

GANHRI and partners conclude training on UN human rights mechanisms for 15 NHRIs from across the globe

Representatives from 15 NHRIs from around the world participated in this year’s training, from 26 April to 13 May which was held for the first time in a virtual format in the global COVID-19 pandemic context.

APF Chairperson’s statement on the situation in Myanmar

APF Chairperson delivered a statement condemning the situation in Myanmar and raising concern about the current inability of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) to perform its mandated functions in line with the Paris Principles.

Top UN Human Rights Chief alarmed by attempts to undermine national human rights institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean

Over the last two years, the UN Human Rights Office has received increasing complaints from NHRIs in the region, who have been harassed and threatened by Governments, parliamentarians, officials, vigilante groups and others simply for doing their work and fulfilling their mandate. 

Regional Consultations: Understanding and identifying good practices in support of environmental human rights defenders and their local communities

URG, UNEP and OHCHR with the support of UN SR on Human Rights and the Environment, are holding a series of regional consultations and conducting a global survey to identify good practices that effectively contribute to the promotion, protection and respect of EHRDs’ human rights while protecting a safe and healthy environment.

GANHRI Statement on COVID-19 vaccines

GANHRI highlights the importance of guaranteeing access to vaccination in transparent conditions, respecting the principle of equality and non-discrimination for all

Call for participation – Americas Regional Forum on Minority Issues on “Conflict prevention and the protection of the human rights of minorities”

The Regional Forum will take place from 27th to 28th April 2021 and is hosted by the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Dr. Fernand de Varennes, and the Tom Lantos Institute, in cooperation with partners.

Committee on Migrant Workers will hold a public informal meeting with States and other stakeholders

During its 32nd session (online), the Committee on Migrant Workers will hold a public informal meeting with States and other stakeholders on Wednesday, 14 April 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm (CET – Geneva time)

Overview of GANHRI’s engagement at the HRC46

During the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council GANHRI delivered two statements focused on climate change and human rights defenders, key priorities in the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.

GANHRI Secretary meets high-level representatives of the Republic of the Sudan to discuss Paris Principles compliant National Human Rights Commission

GANHRI Secretary Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri undertook a high level mission to the Sudan to exchange with representatives of the State and civil society on the role and functions of an NHRI and the Paris Principles.

NHRIs should not face reprisals for engaging with the UN, treaty body finds

A landmark decision by the United Nations Human Rights Committee has reaffirmed the right of national human rights institutions to share information freely with the UN without reprisal.

GANHRI, RINDCHA, FIO, CCPDH and the Latin American Ombudsman Institute joint statement on protecting NHRIs under threat and human rights defenders in the Latin America region

GANHRI, RINDCHA, FIO, CCPDH and ILO met on 27 February 2021 to discuss the challenges and opportunities for NHRIs to promote and safeguard human rights with a special focus on the protection of human rights defenders in the Latin America region.

CRPD to hold regional consultations on the right of persons with disabilities to live independently and being included in the community

The Committee will hold online regional consultations with persons with disabilities and their representative organizations: “From isolation, invisibility and segregation into inclusion of persons with disabilities in the community”

Call for input: thematic report on ageism and age discrimination

The Independent Expert on the human rights of older persons has made two calls for submissions of inputs on ageism and age discrimination and human rights of older women -DEADLINE EXTENDED to 15 April 2021

Webinar on Individual complaint mechanisms of the Special Procedures (SPMH)

The Global Protection Cluster Human Rights Engagement Task Team is organising a webinar focusing on “Individual complaint mechanisms of the Special Procedures (SPMH)” on 2 December 10.00- 11.30 CET

13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

The 13th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD is now tentatively rescheduled to open and elect the CRPD on 30 Nov, and 4 virtual meetings on 1 and 3 December 2020.

UN resolution urges States to bolster support for NHRIs during COVID-19 pandemic

States from across the globe have pledged to strengthen their support for national human rights institutions amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in a resolution adopted today at the United Nations.

GANHRI publishes Survey Report on NHRIs and the CRPD

On the 3rd September 2020, the GANHRI Working Group on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities -led by the Vice-chair of the WG, the Canadian Human Rights Commission – launches the findings of a survey conducted in 2019 on implementation and monitoring under Article 33 (2) of the CRPD by NHRIs.

GANHRI condems the killing of the AIHRC staff

GANHRI mourns the loss of Fatima Khalil and Ahmed Jawid Folad of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission killed by an explosive.

Tripartite Review Meeting

Annual Review Meeting of the Tripartite Partnership between UNDP, OHCHR, and GANHRI to Support National Human Rights Institutions.
The TPP meeting took place on June 24-25, 2020 in the form of a virtual two-day event.

39th and 40th UPR Info Pre-Sessions

UPR Info is organising UPR Pre-sessions in advance of the 39th and 40th UPR Working Group and will take place in a virtual format.

Strengthening the 4th Cycle of the UPR Informal Consultations with Civil Society

UPR Info to hold informal consultations with CSOs, NHRIs and other stakeholders on the 4th cycle of the UPR from 13-14 July 2021