Greek National Commission for Human Rights

Greek National Commission for Human Rights

According to its founding law, the GNCHR has the following substantive competences:

  1. The study of human rights issues raised by the Government, by the Convention of the Presidents of the Greek Parliament, by GNCHR members or by NGOs;
  2. The submission of recommendations and proposals, elaboration of studies, submission of reports and opinions for legislative, administrative or other measures which may lead to the amelioration of human rights protection in Greece;
  3. The development of initiatives for the sensitisation of the public opinion and the mass media on issues related to respect for human rights;
  4. The cultivation of respect for human rights in the context of the national educational system;
  5. The maintenance of permanent contacts and co-operation with international organizations, similar organs of other States, as well as with national or international non-governmental organizations;
  6. The submission of consultative opinions regarding human rights-related reports, which Greece is to submit to international organizations;
  7. The publicising of GNCHR positions in any appropriate manner;
  8. The drawing up of an annual report on human rights protection in Greece;
  9. The organization of a Human Rights Documentation Centre;
  10. The examination of the ways in which Greek legislation may be harmonised with the international law standards on human rights protection, and the subsequent submission of relevant opinions to competent State authorities.
Core functions
  • Monitoring
  • Publishing research, recommendations, opinions
  • Reporting to international and regional human rights mechanisms
  • Advising government, parliament and other public bodies
  • Supporting the work of human rights defenders
  • Cooperation with civil society organisations
  • Human rights education and training
  • Awareness raising activities
  • Organisation of a Human Rights Documentation Centre