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APF advises Fiji’s NHRI on accreditation process

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Each NHRI is assessed for its compliance with the Paris Principles, which set out the minimum standards for NHRIs to be independent and effective.

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Representatives from the APF have provided advice to Fiji's national human rights institution about the requirements for accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

APF Expert NHRI Consultant Rosslyn Noonan and APF Legal Counsel Jenni Whelan met with the Executive Director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, Ashwin Raj, in Suva from 14-16 March 2018.

The discussions focused on the process of applying for accreditation with GANHRI's Sub-Committee on Accreditation.

The accreditation process assesses each national human rights institution (NHRI) for its compliance with the Paris Principles, which set out the minimum standards that NHRIs must meet to be independent and effective.

It looks at both the founding legislation of the NHRI, as well as the efforts of the NHRI to promote and protect human rights according to its mandate.

Accreditation is conducted by a panel of peers, involving representatives of NHRIs from each of the four regions: Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.

NHRIs are accredited as 'A status' (compliant with the Paris Principles) or 'B status' (not fully compliant with the Paris Principles).

Accreditation outcomes are used to determine the NHRI's membership status with GANHRI and with the APF, as well as whether an NHRI can independently participate in the work of the UN Human Rights Council.

Accreditation can also confirm or strengthen the credibility of the NHRI.

A guide to the international accreditation process is available on the APF website, including an overview of support that the APF can provide, when requested, to NHRIs in the Asia Pacific region.

Date: 19 March 2018


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