14th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions

Torture and Other Ill-treatment: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)  

6-8 November 2023   –  Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-hosted by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights and the Danish Institute for Human Rights in cooperation with the United Nations Human Rights Office


Registration open to NHRIs and partners through the link received in the invitation letter – Deadline 30th of June at 12:00 CEST.


The forthcoming 14th International Conference will explore the diverse practical and effective ways in which NHRIs can employ their broad mandates and extensive protective functions under the Paris Principles, to uphold the rights of all persons to human dignity and to freedom from torture and other ill-treatment.

It will be an opportunity for participating NHRIs together with partners, experts and stakeholders, to share experiences, identify good practices, and reaffirm their vital individual and collective commitments to ensuring the right of all persons to freedom from torture and other forms of ill-treatment.

At the conclusion of the International Conference, participating NHRIs will adopt an outcome Declaration in which they will set out a practical set of strategies to promote and protect the rights of all persons to be free from torture and other ill-treatment, in an Outcome Document.

The Conference will include panel discussions and interactive working sessions engaging the participation and contributions of all.

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Logistical information

  • Venue 

The conference will take place at the UN City.

  • Registration 

NHRIs and partners will receive the link to register online in an invitation letter. The deadline for registration is Monday 30th of June at 12:00 CEST.

Participation is by invitation only. If you are an NHRI and didn’t receive the link please contact us at conference@ganhri.org.

  • Interpretation  

All plenary sessions will be remotely simultaneously interpreted in all four GANHRI languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish.  

Delegates at the venue:
Will listen to the remote interpreting on the Interprefy mobile app or using traditional radio/IR headphones. 

Remote delegates:
Will join the event platform and listen to real-time interpreting from an integrated dropdown language selector. 

Please note that as interpretation is offered through your mobile device it is important that device is fully charged. Also, do not forget to bring your own headset, as the service will not be offered in UN City. 

  • Agenda and documentation 

The agenda and other documents will be made available in all GANHRI languages on the GANHRI website in a password-protected page. The password for accessing the documentation will be sent to participants after the registration deadline.

  • Travel expenses 

Unless you have been specifically informed by the hosts, all travel arrangements, including travel expenses, accommodation, and travel insurance, are at the participants’ discretion. Therefore, we encourage you to make your own booking arrangements as soon as possible. Neither OHCHR, GANHRI, DIHR nor the Ukrainian Ombudsman for Human Rights can fund travel or cover expenses related to illness or accidents of participants while attending the meeting. 

  • Accommodation  

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, booking and payment of hotels. It is highly recommended that participants secure their accommodation well in advance given the difficulty of obtaining hotel reservations at short notice in Copenhagen. In the logistic note received by email you will find suggested hotels with discount rates.

  • Visa  

It is the responsibility of participants to obtain necessary visas to attend this meeting. This includes an entry visa for Denmark, as well as any transit visas that may be necessary. If required, the DIHR can provide participants with a letter of invitation. It is recommended to start the process at least 5 months in advance as the process to allow for sufficient time to gather all the necessary documents and complete the application process.

You can find more information regarding the visa application process here: ApplyVisa (um.dk) 

  • Contacts