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Human Rights Council encourages further efforts to enhance the participation of national human rights institutions across the United Nations


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Human Rights Council encourages further efforts to enhance the participation of national human rights institutions across the United Nations


(Geneva, Berlin) - The United Nations Human Rights Council in a resolution​ on national human rights institutions (NHRIs) has underscored the unique role and contributions of NHRIs to the work of the United Nations, and encouraged further efforts to enhance NHRI participation across relevant mechanisms and processes.


The resolution encouraged in particular the development of a common approach by United Nations independent treaty bodies to engagement between NHRIs and the treaty bodies, in line with the decision of treaty body Chairpersons at their 28th Annual Meeting to which GANHRI contributed with a background paper.


The resolution also invites the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to further enhance the participation of NHRIs in their work.


The resolution builds on the momentum generated by the General Assembly's resolution on NHRIs in December 2015 which has called for NHRIs to be given the opportunity to contribute independently to the work of different mechanisms and processes within the United Nations.


Adopted without a vote, the resolution was led by Australia and developed in consultation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), and enjoys the support of more than 80 states from all regions.


The resolution further


  • Welcomes the Mérida Declaration on the role of national human rights institutions in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by NHRIs in October 2015;


  • Reaffirms the importance of establishing and strengthening independent, pluralistic NHRIs in accordance with the Paris Principles and the important role that NHRIs play in protecting and promoting fundamental freedoms and in strengthening participation, in particular of civil society organizations;


  • Stresses that NHRIs should not face any reprisals or intimidation and calls upon States to promptly and thoroughly investigate any cases of alleged reprisal or intimidation, and to bring the perpetrators to justice;


  • Commends the efforts made to date by all relevant United Nations mechanisms and processes to further enhance the participation of NHRIs in line with UN General Assembly resolution 70/163, including the Commission on the Status of Women, the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, and encourages the continuation of these efforts;


  • Welcomes the role of GANHRI and NHRI regional networks in strengthening cooperation among NHRIs in all regions; and


  • Welcomes UN system-wide coordination in support of NHRIs and the UNDP-OHCHR-GANHRI Tripartite partnership in particular.


Introducing the resolution to the Council, Australia's Ambassador John Quinn said “the benefits of enabling national human rights institutions in compliance with the Paris Principles in the work of the United Nations in Geneva and New York are seen in the work NHRIs do each and every day on the ground in order to protect and promote human rights”.


Ambassador Quinn thanked GANHRI as well as all NHRIs from all regions for their support for this resolution, and said Australia looked forward to continuing to support NHRIs and their contributions across the UN system.


“GANHRI welcomes the adoption of this landmark resolution on national human rights institutions”, said GANHRI's Chairperson, Prof Dr Beate Rudolf.


“We particularly recognise the principled leadership of Australia in leading the development of this important resolution, and also welcome the strong support shown by States from all regions, including Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Morocco, New Zealand, the Philippines, Rwanda, Tunisia, Uruguay, and many others as well as GANHRI members from all regions who have supported this initiative” Prof Rudolf said.


​“We look forward to working with all states, treaty bodies, civil society and OHCHR and UNDP as we take strides forward in implementing this resolution”.

Download the press release Press release HRC 33 resolution.pdf

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Created at 05/10/2016 18:31 by iccgeneva
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