APF: Strengthening NHRI compliance with the Paris Principles

Representatives from 12 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the Asia Pacific have taken part in the APF’s Annual Program on GANHRI Accreditation.

APF members, along with NHRIs from the other three regions of the world, undergo a peer-based review process coordinated by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), through its Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA).

The accreditation process assesses compliance with the Paris Principles, the international minimum standards required by NHRIs to be independent, credible and effective.

The aim of the annual program is to increase the confidence of participants on accreditation, improve accreditation outcomes for existing and prospective APF members, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge between NHRIs.

The 2023 program, held over six weeks from 23 January to 22 February, included two components: an online learning component, and a two-day, face-to-face workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 21 to 22 February.

The workshop was built around interactive panel discussions, with panellists drawn from APF member institutions that have recently completed their accreditation reviews with GANHRI. The workshop also involved a series of practical exercises, based on a case study of a hypothetical NHRI.

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