Ombudsman of Colombia appointed for position of GANHRI Chairperson

On 21 October 2021, the regional NHRI network of the Americas (RINDHCA), appointed Carlos Ernesto Camargo Assis, Ombudsman of Colombia, as candidate for the position of GANHRI Chairperson.

GANHRI urges action by States to address human rights impacts of climate change

GANHRI has called on State Parties attending COP26 to raise emission reduction targets and bolster adaptation efforts to address the escalating human rights impacts of climate change.

The open letter, prepared at the conclusion of an NHRI symposium co-hosted by GANHRI during COP26, also made recommendations in relation emissions trading programmes and enhancing international cooperation to support climate change responses by developing countries.

New guide for NHRIs to support victims of sexual exploitation and abuse

In partnership with the Office of the Victims’ Rights Advocate (OVRA), GANHRI has released a guide for national human rights institutions (NHRIs) on supporting victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. The guide sets out practical steps NHRIs can take to promote justice for victims, including facilitating their access to legal aid and reporting mechanisms, as well as conducting advocacy, training and awareness-raising programmes.

Overview of GANHRI’s engagement at the HRC48

During the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council, GANHRI contributed to discussion focused on the situation in Afghanistan, climate change and the right to development, the recognition of the right to a healthy environment as a universal human right and reprisals against those cooperating with the UN.

GANHRI welcomes landmark recognition by UN human rights body of the right to healthy environment as a universal human right

The UN Human Rights Council today has adopted a resolution recognising a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a universal human right.

GANHRI had supported the initiative proposed by a core group of UN member states, joining the call from civil society, indigenous peoples, business actors and UN agencies. 

UN and GANHRI mark ten-year partnership to support national human rights institutions

UNDP, OHCHR and GANHRI marked ten-years of the Tri-Partite Partnership (TPP) in supporting National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) at the 2021 Annual Review Meeting and Partnership Platform, which took place 5 & 6 October. Over the years, NHRIs have gained a strengthened role in contributing to open civic spaces, dialogue on human rights, and protecting and promoting human rights in challenging contexts.

Call for Submissions by the SR freedom of peaceful assembly and of association to NHRIs

The Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, has been mandated to consult with variety of stakeholders, including national human rights institutions, on the subject of protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests in crisis situations.

National Human Rights Institutions as unique partners for Field Protection Clusters

The recording of the event on the “Guidance for Field Protections Clusters on Engagement with National Human Rights Institutions” which saw the participation of GANHRI, NHRIs and members of Protection Clusters around the globe is now available.

GANHRI, UPR info, the Geneva Human Rights Platform and OHCHR share good practices for an effective UPR mechanism during an online event

During an online event GANHRI, UPR info, the Geneva Human Rights Platform and OHCHR presented the study commissioned by OHCHR (UPR Branch) which highlights emerging Good Practices from seven countries drawn from the first three cycles of the UPR.

States must ensure NHRIs can freely cooperate with the UN 

At HRC48 GANHRI delivered a statement during the interactive dialogue with UN Assistant Secretary-General on Human Right calling on States and other actors to respect the independence of NHRIs and ensure they can cooperate with the United Nations without intimidation or reprisals.