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NHRIs acknowledged for role in building inclusive societies

Graphic: Woman holds her baby, Jakarta

The Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution highlighting the important role that NHRIs play in building and maintaining inclusive societies.


The Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution highlighting the important role that national human rights institutions (NHRIs) play in building and maintaining inclusive societies.

In carrying out their work to promote and protect the human rights of all people, the Council stated that NHRIs can also contribute to implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Australia-led resolution, which was adopted by consensus, drew attention to the work of NHRIs to stand against racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance, as well as their efforts to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

"The resolution is a strong acknowledgement of the work that NHRIs do to promote and protect the rights of those who are vulnerable to abuse and violations," said Kieren Fitzpatrick, Director of the APF secretariat.

"Our members conduct investigations, monitor places of detention, appear before courts, advocate to parliaments and stand resolutely against the prejudice that can lead to discrimination, harassment and violence," he said.

"They use their unique mandate to help build fair, just and inclusive communities, even in the face of serious threats and reprisals."


Graphic: NHRI staff talk with a patient in a hospital, Nepal


The Human Rights Council resolution calls on governments to investigate and respond to increasing cases of reprisals against NHRIs, while also stressing that perpetrators should be brought to justice.

In addition, the resolution:

  • Calls on States to establish effective, independent and pluralistic NHRIs in accordance with the Paris Principles or, where they already exist, to strengthen them, including by supporting their financial and administrative independence;
  • Welcomes the participation of NHRIs across all parts of the UN system and calls on those UN mechanisms that have not yet done so to strengthen the participation of NHRIs in their work; and
  • Requests OHCHR to convene, in partnership with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), a consultation with NHRIs on their experiences in working to build and maintain inclusive societies and implement the 2030 Agenda.

The resolution was co-sponsored by more than 70 States from all parts of the globe.

"We thank Australia for their leadership and support, and the many member states in all regions that co-sponsored the resolution," said GANHRI Chairperson, Prof Dr Beate Rudolf.

"GANHRI looks forward to working will all States, civil society and partners in implementing the resolution".

Date: 9 October 2018


Image credits

  1. Woman holds her baby, Jakarta - APF/Michael Power
  2. NHRI staff talk with a patient in a hospital, Nepal - National Human Rights Commission of Nepal