Stories from our members

Graphic: NHRI staff address a community meeting, Khotang, Nepal

The important point to understand about a national human rights institution is that it is independent of government and it becomes, in a sense, the conscience of a country.

Australian Human Rights Commission Logo Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Dr Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, describes the challenges of protecting human rights and promoting accountability in a country "where there is no rule of law".

The Ombudsman of Samoa, Maiava Iulai Toma, describes the critical importance of talking with communities to help build understanding of human rights and how it complements the centuries-old culture of fa'asamoa, the 'Samoan way of life'.


NHRIs help shape laws, policies and community attitudes that create stronger, fairer societies.

National human rights institutions are independent bodies, established by law, to stand up for those in need of protection and hold governments to account for their human rights obligations.

Jose Luis Martin "Chito" Gascon, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, reflects on the importance of the Commission delivering on its promise to advance all human rights, for all people, everywhere.

Justice Anup Raj Sharma, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal, describes the impact of the April 2015 earthquake and the immediate response of the Commission to monitor the human rights situation of the individuals and communities most severely affected.


Image credits

  1. NHRI staff address a community meeting, Khotang, Nepal - Loknath Ghimire/National Human Rights Commission of Nepal