Expanding the civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a specific focus on women:

The role of national human rights institutions

10 to 12 October 2018, Marrakech, Morocco

What are International Conferences?


The purpose of GANHRI international conferences is to develop and strengthen cooperation among NHRIs; to provide a forum to promote the exchange of creative ideas, experiences with and among peer NHRIs; to identify, collectively, what constitutes best practice and what it means to implement the Paris Principles into reality; and to discuss items on the agenda and ensure their follow-up at the national level.

The International Conference is organized by an NHRI of a country chosen in rotation among the regional networks of Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe, in consultation with the Chairperson and the Head Office and under the auspices of, and in consultation with, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The International Conference recurs every three years, the next one being in 2021, in Europe.

Marrakech Declaration

The Conference marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Principles by the United Nations General Assembly; the establishment of the global networks of NHRIs, today known as GANHRI; and the 20th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.