International Conferences

International Conferences are where NHRIs design their roadmaps and commit to joint work for the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.

The International Conference for National Human Rights Institutions takes place every three years and aims at developing and strengthening the cooperation between NHRIs and to discuss relevant items on their agenda.

In particular the conferences aims to:

  • Provide a forum to promote the exchange of creative ideas, experiences with and among peer NHRIs
  • Identify, collectively, what constitutes best practice and what it means to implement the Paris Principles into reality
  • To discuss items on the agenda and ensure their follow-up at the national level.

The International Conference is hosted by a GANHRI member and GANHRI in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The last International Conference was held in 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco and gathered more than 260 NHRIs from around the globe to explore the role of NHRIs and their contributions in expanding civic space and promoting human rights defenders, with special focus on women human rights defenders (WHRDs). 



14th International Conference – 2023 Copenhagen

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) is pleased to announce its forthcoming 14th International Conference, which will examine the critical role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in combating and preventing torture and other ill-treatment at a critical moment in time.

The International Conference will be co-hosted by GANHRI, the UN Human Rights Office, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Danish Institute for Human Rights and will be held in Copenhagen from 6-8 November 2023.

Marrakech Declaration 2018

More than 260 NHRI representatives from around the globe met from 10 to 12 October in Marrakech, Morocco, to explore the roles and contributions NHRIs can have in expanding civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a particular attention to women human rights defenders.  Learn more about the 13th International Conference here