UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on NHRIs

The UN Human Rights Council has adopted by consensus a resolution on NHRIs led by Australia.

According to a press release from the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI):

The resolution:

  • Acknowledges the contributions of NHRIs in fostering the establishment and maintenance of inclusive societies and in doing so, contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda;
  • Calls on States to establish effective, independent and pluralistic NHRIs in accordance with the Paris Principles or, where they already exist, to strengthen them to enable the effective fulfilment of their mandate, and stresses the importance of NHRIs’ financial and administrative independence;
  • Welcomes the participation of NHRIs UN system-wide and calls on those mechanisms that have not yet done so to strengthen the participation of NHRIs in their work; and
  • Encourages greater efforts to investigate and respond to increasing cases of reprisals against NHRIs, whilst stressing that NHRIs should not face any form of reprisal or intimidation and that any such cases should be investigated by states and perpetrators brought to justice.

The resolution can be found here.