New York/Berlin/Geneva, 8 November 2017 - The UN Third Committee of the General Assembly in its biannual resolution on national human rights institutions (NHRI) has reiterated its call on all relevant United Nations (UN) processes, mechanisms, fora and meetings, to further enhance the participation of NHRIs and allow for their contributions, while recognizing the important role NHRIs play in contributing across the work of the UN.
Member states adopted the resolution on NHRIs on 7 November 2017, by consensus, without a vote, and 90 states from across all regions co-sponsored the resolution, thereby demonstrating their support of, and the value that they attach to, the work of NHRIs at national, regional and global levels.
Underlines the value of NHRIs,
established and operating in accordance with the Paris principles, and
encourages Member States to establish effective, independent and pluralistic
NHRIs, or where they already exist, to strengthen them;
Recognizes the role NHRIs can
play in preventing cases of reprisals and stresses that NHRIs should not face
any form of reprisals, calling on States to promptly and thoroughly investigate
Recognizes the added-value of
NHRIs’ participation in, and contributions to, the international human rights
Acknowledges the progress made
in the implementation of the last General Assembly resolution over the last two
years, including with the
Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing and the
Global Compact on Migration;
Welcomes the decision of the
Commission on the Status of Women to encourage the secretariat to continue its
consideration of how to enhance the participation, including at the
sixty-second session of the Commission, of national human rights institutions
that are fully compliant with the Paris Principles, where they exist, in
compliance with the rules of procedure of the Economic and Social Council;
Encourages all relevant UN
processes and mechanisms to further enhance the participation of NHRIs and to
allow for their contribution, and calls on the Secretary-General to do
the adoption of this resolution which is a strong signal about the value and
recognition of the role of NHRIs and what they can offer to the UN.”, said
GANHRI Chairperson Prof Dr Beate Rudolf following the adoption of the
She thanked the
Permanent Mission of Germany for leading the development and negotiation of the
resolution, as well as all member states that co-sponsored and the
non-governmental organizations that supported the resolution.
forward to working with all the partners that supported the resolution to takes
strides forward in implementing its provisions. This will include as a
priority, as highlighted in the resolution, in particular the Commission on the
Status of Women and the High Level Political Forum to review progress made in
the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
uniquely placed to offer evidence-based information and advice to the UN about
human rights situations on the ground, and to work with civil society and
States to implement UN recommendations to strengthen human rights
delighted that again a high, cross-regional number of states have co-sponsored
the resolution. This is a strong signal for cross regional support of NHRI
engagement at the UN”, stressed GANHRI Chairperson Rudolf.
Speaking at the
adoption of the resolution at the Third Committee, Deputy Permanent
Representative of Germany Ambassador Jürgen Schulz, as main sponsor of the
resolution, said that “the resolution recognizes that the added-value of NHRIs
in the international human-rights system extends beyond the Human Rights
Council in Geneva”, making reference to the unique status of NHRIs. “We would
like to thank all stakeholders, in particular representatives from various
National Human Rights Institutions, from their regional networks and from their
umbrella organization, the Global Alliance of NHRIs. Their input at every stage
of the process leading up to today’s adoption of this resolution has been
Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany, Ambassador Jürgen
Schulz during the adoption of the resolution at the Third Committee
also specifically recognizes that NHRIs should not face any reprisals or acts
of intimidation at a result of their mandated activities, and that they have an
important role in prevent cases of reprisals against human rights defenders.
democratic space, the situation of human rights defenders and reprisals against
NHRIs across all regions has also been a focus of the GANHRI Bureau meeting,
held from 1 to 3 November in Costa Rica.
Bureau decided that the next, 13th International Conference of GANHRI be on the
theme of shrinking democratic space and human rights defenders, with a
specific focus on women. The Conference will take place in late 2018 in Africa.
The resolution is expected to be formally
adopted by the General Assembly in December.
Find the text of the resolution here
Download Germany Statement on the occasion of the adoption of the draft resolution on NHRIs:
Download Full Press Release : 17.11.08_GANHRI_PressRelease_GA-ResolutionNHRI-2017.pdf