NHRIs are essential actors in the promotion and protection of human rights including at the global level. They have a distinct and complementary role to that of states, civil society and UN bodies and mechanisms.
The aim of GANHRI’s advocacy work is to positively influence the substantive outcomes of international human rights mechanisms and processes by bringing the voices and experiences of NHRIs into global discussions.
GANHRI’s participation in global events on human rights gives more visibility to NHRIs’ work. Now more than ever there is a great need to share experiences and good practices with states and other organisations in order to improve the human rights situation in the world.
Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. Find information about the Human Rights Council, and the participation of NHRIs.View More
Report of the nineteenth annual meeting of special rapporteurs/representatives, independent experts and chairpersons of working groups of the special procedures of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, 11-15 June 2012.
Universal Periodic Review
According to the Human Rights Council decision on the commencement of the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review shall commence in April/May 2017 and will be completed by 2021.
While implementation is foremost the responsibility of the states signing and ratifying or acceding to a human rights treaty, the nine UN human rights treaty bodies that are in operation today and national human rights institutions play a key role in supporting and monitoring implementation.
UN New York
In a ground-breaking resolution, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee has called on all relevant UN processes and mechanisms to enhance the participation and contributions of Paris Principles compliant national human rights institutions to their work.
United Nations bodies have acknowledged the important role of national human rights institutions. Find out all about the UN Resolution on NHRIs.