NHRIs are HRDs

NHRIs are the defenders of defenders


Like HRDs, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) play a crucial role in promoting and monitoring the effective implementation of international human rights standards at the national level.

NHRIs occupy a unique position as protectors, monitors and supporters of HRDs.

By acting to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national level, NHRIs are defenders by definition.

Former Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, considers that national institutions which operate in compliance with the Paris Principles and their members and staff, can be considered as human rights defenders. She was aware that they face important challenges and are exposed to attacks, threats, intimidation, and harassment in connection to their human rights activities.

See the following report for more details A/HRC/22/47 - E - A/HRC/22/47 -Desktop (undocs.org)

How did we do?

Operational Guidelines - Regional Action Plan on Human Rights Defenders (RAP)

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