2023 Annual Meeting

From 14 to 16 March 2023 more than 200 participants from NHRIs and UN partners met in Geneva for the GANHRI 2023 Annual Meeting.  
The Annual Meeting included the Bureau meeting, the General Assembly, meetings of the four NHRI regional networks, a Knowledge Exchange on NHRI experiences and good practices, and the 2023 Annual Conference. 

The Annual Meeting marked the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Principles by the UN General Assembly in December 1993.

Specifically, the Annual Conference offered an opportunity to participants to reflect on the current state of human rights identifying challenges and opportunities, and on the significance of the Universal Declaration and the Paris Principles in today’s context.

The Knowledge Exchange discussed NHRIs experiences, knowledge and challenges in addressing incidents of torture and ill-treatment in their respective countries. 

During their Bureau meeting and General Assembly, GANHRI members adopted:

  • A new Strategic Plan for 2023-2027 which sets out the organisation’s mission and priorities ahead 
  • Amendments to the GANHRI Statute aimed at enhancing the rigour of the accreditation process by ensuring that all accredited NHRIs (A-status and B-status) may be subject to a Special Review or Suspension of accreditation status when their continued compliance with the Paris Principles has changed. The amendments will also provide the SCA with the ability to recommend the removal of the accreditation status of an NHRI where it can no longer be considered to be operating in compliance with the Paris Principles.
  • A strategy for strengthening NHRI participation across the United Nations 
  • The Work Plan for GANHRI’s Head Office and the 2023 Budget for the Organisation  
  • Workplans for its Working Groups and the GANHRI Climate Change Caucus 

Outcome Statement

Participating GANHRI members adopted a powerful Statement in which they expressed concern at severe rolling back of human right protections and resolved to continue cooperating with states and public institutions to create a safe space for human rights defenders.

Furthermore, to engage with international bodies, raising important concerns and pushing States to preserve as well as address any violation of the rights of individuals.

Knowledge Exchange 2023

Knowledge Exchange 2023

GANHRI 2023 knowledge exchange provided an inclusive platform for NHRIs from all regions to discuss best practices, expertise, problems, and experiences in addressing incidences of torture and ill-treatment in their various nations.

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Annual Conference 2023

Annual Conference 2023

The Annual Conference was an opportunity for GANHRI members to mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Principles and the establishment of the global alliance of NHRIs and reflect on the current state of human rights and identify challenges, priorities and opportunities.

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