GANHRI was established in 1993 as the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights (ICC). It has been known as the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) since 2016, and is a member-based network organization that gathers NHRIs from all around the world. Representing more than 110 NHRIs, their members and staff across all regions, GANHRI is one of the largest human rights networks worldwide.
The General Assembly is GANHRI’s supreme deliberative body. It adopts and reviews the program of activities; is responsible for electing the governance bodies and monitoring the activities of the GANHRI Bureau (the board of directors); is responsible for approving amendments to the GANHRI Statute; and approves the budget and financial reports.
Members of the Bureau make sure that the decisions of the General Assembly are implemented. The Bureau is responsible for GANHRI’s overall functions including the development of organisational policies and procedures; the implementation of programs; monitoring financial accounts; and services to members.
Importantly, the Bureau is responsible for decisions on the accreditation of members. It is comprised of 16 members, 4 from each of the GANHRI regional networks of Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe.
The GANHRI Head Office is in Geneva, Switzerland and located at the Palais des Nations, with permanent staff who provide administrative capacity, technical and thematic support to NHRIs, manage the website and the learning platform for the convenience of the GANHRI members, among other things.
The Head Office is today composed by a Geneva Representative, an Operations Manager, a Human Rights Officer, a Finance and Administration Officer, a Communication and Knowledge Management Officer and a Human Rights Assistant.
Sub-Committee on Accreditation
SCA means the Sub-Committee on Accreditation of GANHRI responsible for making recommendations on accreditation under the auspices of OHCHR and which is formally established by the Statute as a sub-committee of the GANHRI Bureau.
The SCA is comprised of one ‘A’ status institution from each of the four NHRIs regional networks:
– Africa (Conseil national des droits de l’homme of Morocco)
– Americas (Canadian Human Rights Commission)
- Asia and the Pacific (Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines)
– Europe (Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme of France).
The Finance Committee comprises 4 members from A Status Institutions appointed by each of the four regional networks. Members of the Committee shall serve a term of 3 years, renewable once. The Members of the Committee selects from amongst their membership a Chair, to be appointed on a rotational basis by region. The Chairperson serves a term of 3 years from date of appointment. The current Chair, ad interim, is the NHRI of India. Other members are:
– Africa (Conseil national des droits de l’homme of Morocco),
– Americas (Commision nacional de los derechos humanos of Mexico),
– Europe (Equality and Human Rights Commissions of the UK).
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.View More