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NHRIs to redouble efforts on business and human rights

National human rights institutions (NHRIs) from across the globe will redouble their efforts to promote and protect human rights in relation to the activities of business, with a particular focus on pressing issues such as climate change and threats to online civic space.
More than 80 NHRIs participating at the GANHRI Annual Conference adopted the Outcome Statement on Business and Human Rights: the Role and Experiences of NHRIs.

NHRIs to strengthen cooperation in the face of mounting threats

With human rights, peace and security facing mounting threats across the globe, national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from all regions will gather in Geneva to discuss areas for collaboration and strategies to prevent and address violations.

More than 200 representatives from NHRIs, UN agencies, States and civil society will take part in the GANHRI Annual Meeting and Conference, to be held from 6-8 May 2024.

New NHRI accreditation database now available

The NHRI Accreditation Database features recommendations developed by the GANHRI Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) since 2017, which seek to support and strengthen NHRIs to operate in compliance with the Paris Principles 
The recommendations are organised against the requirements set out in the Paris Principles and the General Observations, providing NHRIs with valuable insights into the criteria and steps that can be taken to promote their independence, effectiveness and credibility. 

Ireland: Placing community voices at the heart of policymaking 

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has an incredibly diverse range of human rights mandates. Central to the Commission’s efforts to effect lasting change is ensuring that policymaking at all levels reflects and responds to the lived experiences of people at risk of human rights violations. Former Chief Commissioner Sinéad Gibney discussed the Commission’s priorities and principles at the 14th International Conference of NHRIs. 

Preventing torture: How NHRIs can be powerful agents of change

National human rights institutions (NHRIs), including those designated as National Prevention Mechanisms (NPMs), can be powerful actors to prevent torture and ill-treatment, as well as safeguard the rights of those who face heightened risks when deprived of liberty. Barbara Bernath, Secretary General of the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), speaking at the 14th International Conference of NHRIs, describes some of the practical ways that NHRIs can use their unique mandate to drive change at the national level.   

Sierra Leone: The power of public inquiries to drive change on torture 

While prohibited under the nation’s constitution, there is no law in Sierra Leone that makes torture a specific and punishable crime. In recent years, many individuals have come to the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) to lodge complaints of torture and ill-treatment at the hands of police and military officials. As Vice Chairperson Victor Idrissa Lansana talled about their work at the 14th International Conference of NHRIs.