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.


NHRIs – UNHCR key partnership in preventing and responding to statelessness

More than 50 participants from NHRIs and UNHCR staff around the globe met for the GANHRI-UNHCR Roundtable to explore the potential of increased cooperation between national human rights institutions and UNHCR in preventing and responding to statelessness.

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 in UN Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

GANHRI Working Group on ageing gathered in Seoul to determine upcoming activities

GANHRI Working Group on ageing and human rights of older persons met on 22 November in Seoul, Korea, during the 2022 International Human Rights Conference to discuss the Working group activities planned for the upcoming year 2023. 

GPW22 – NHRIs’ work in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Settings

On the 3rd of November 2022, GANHRI and DCAF – The Geneva Centre for Security Sector and Governance, co-hosted a 2022 Geneva Peace Week (GPW) Virtual Workshop on National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Settings: Examining their Contribution to SDG 16 and the Sustaining Peace Agenda. 

We must protect those who protect our planet: urgent call for rights-based climate action

The COP27 Symposium provided a platform to discuss the key role of NHRIs in protecting environmental human rights defenders. GANHRI also released an open letter to State Parties to the UNFCCC calling on them to strengthen climate action in line with their human rights obligations in and following the critical discussions during COP27 and CMA4.

GANHRI Bureau concludes global meeting in Marrakech, reviewing progress and discussing priorities moving forward 

The meeting was chaired by GANHRI Chairperson Maryam Al Attiyah and hosted by GANHRI Secretary Amina Bouayach and welcomed the participation of GANHRI Regional Chairpersons, GANHRI Bureau members from all regions, as well as representatives of the GANHRI Head Office, regional network secretariats – APF, ENNHRI, NANHRI and RINDHCA – and partners from the OHCHR and UNDP.