NHRIs under threat

In the course of their work, NHRIs could come under threat in a variety of manners, including: reduction in formal independence; political pressure; reduction in mandate; reduction and/or the removal of funding, arrest or attacks of NHRI representatives.

ENNHRI’s has released guidelines that state the principles that drive ENNHRI’s support for NHRIs under threat. The document also provides an overview of the options for support available and clarifies the procedures that are followed in such cases.

Below can be found an example on how ENNHRI has supported an NHRI under threat.

  • Georgia
    The Georgian NHRI faced criticism from public officials as a threat. Since the parliamentary elections in 2016, the hostility towards the NHRI started to grow (allegations of bias, unfairness, incompetence). The NHRI was also not considered in constitutional amendments. ENNHRI supported by making a reference to the threat in its 2017 GA Statement, endorsed by GANHRI. The Public Defender was also given more visibility during the GA Meeting.