GANHRI celebrates at HRC52 30 years of NHRIs achievements and expresses concern at dangerous rollbacks on human rights


3nd March 2023 – GANHRI delivered a statement at the 52nd Human Rights Council during the General Segment focusing on the 30th anniversary of Paris Principles and 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

For the past three decades, the Paris Principles have set out clear standards for independent and impartial national human rights institutions. They are providing a roadmap for NHRIs to effectively fulfill their role in protecting and promoting human rights, and to hold governments accountable for their obligations under international human rights law. 

NHRIs are trusted partners to the international human rights system, and they continue to play a key role in the implementation of international human rights standards at the national level.

We expressed our concern at the dangerous rollbacks on human rights and the growing pressure faced by those who defend them, and we urged States to meet the NHRI indicator under Sustainable Goal 16 by 2030, so that all people, in every country of the world, can benefit from a strong and independent NHRI. 

“It is time to recall the centrality of human rights in our everyday lives and re-commit to their full realization for all individuals” – said Katharina Rose, GANHRI Geneva Representative in her statement.

Finally, we reaffirmed the vital role of human rights defenders in the realization of human rights for all and renewed our commitment to support and empower NHRIs worldwide.

GANHRI Statement