Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions



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.


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.   

Sierra Leone: The power of public inquiries to drive change on torture 

While prohibited under the nation’s constitution, there is no law in Sierra Leone that makes torture a specific and punishable crime. In recent years, many individuals have come to the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) to lodge complaints of torture and ill-treatment at the hands of police and military officials. As Vice Chairperson Victor Idrissa Lansana talled about their work at the 14th International Conference of NHRIs.

GANHRI urges all States to address challenges faced by child and youth human rights defenders at HRC55

GANHRI delivered a statement in response to the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders’ report which focused on challenges faced by child and youth human rights defenders. 
We welcomed the mention of the role that many NHRIs play in providing and facilitating access to complaint mechanisms to child and youth defenders in the report. 

GANHRI calls on States to fully cooperate with SR mandate to advance the rights of persons with disabilities    

At HRC55 the CNDH of Morocco delivered a statement on behalf of GANHRI welcoming the SR on the rights of persons with disabilities’ report and her priorities for the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities during her tenure.

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