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Preventing and Eliminating All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions

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For the second time, the Global Alliance of Nation-al Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) presents a report showcasing the contributions that National Human Rights Institutions are making to the work of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In 2018, the report dealt with the empowerment of women and girls in rural areas. The present report looks at combating gender-based violence against women, and thus contributes to both the priority theme and the review theme of CSW63.

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A Guide in Support of National Human Rights Institutions

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This Guide provides a conceptual and methodological framework for National Human Rights Institutions conducting country assessments and public inquiries in the context of sexual and reproductive health. The Guide aims to help develop more comprehensive information systems on human rights in the context of sexual and reproductive health, but also to ensure a standardized approach to the assessment of human rights violations in this area. 

Download: ENG UNFPA_PUB_2019_EN_Support_of_national_human_rights_report_29_online.pdf

National Human Rights Institutions and their work on migrants’ human rights.
Results of a survey among NHRIs

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This analysis is based on a survey of NHRIs worldwide conducted in the summer of 2018. It aims to further the implementation of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) by NHRIs. Of the (then) 110 NHRIs worldwide accredited as being in full or partial compliance with the UN Paris Principles, almost a third participated. Main results are that a) migrant rights are well-established on NHRIs’ agendas, b) NHRIs are an effective link between the national and the international level as well as between the individual and the structural level of human rights protection, c) most NHRIs believe that the effectiveness of their work on migrants’ rights could be increased, particularly through exchange and joint work, d) across all regions, NHRIs’ work on  implementation of migrants’ human rights is being hampered by increased anti-immigrant sentiment, together with public policies that frame migrants as security risks and by restrictions on admission to the country placed by governments. The analysis concludes by recommending increased collaboration among NHRIs, especially in cross-regional contexts, that they be supported in their interactions with regional and global organisations working on migrants’ rights and be recognized and included by them, in their monitoring and accountability roles, when setting up programmes.

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Global Principles for the Capacity Assessment of National Human Rights institutions

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are central to strong national systems for protection and promotion of human rights. These institutions, operating in a variety of contexts, can be instrumental in supporting democratic governance, preventing human rights violations and the escalation of conflicts, strengthening the rule of law and advancing the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable groups. To play these demanding roles effectively, NHRIs require solid capacities to safeguard their independence and resilience to possible changes in governance infrastructures or political changes.

The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have developed a dedicated partnership to support NHRIs, including assessing and strengthening the capacity of these institutions.

Eight Global Principles for capacity assessments of NHRIs have been identified on the basis of considerable experience and good practices developed over the years. These principles encompass compliance with human rights norms and standards, highlighting the values that underpin effective practices. The Global Principles and the wealth of analysis contained in this volume guide and strengthen capacity assessments and development of NHRIs across the world.

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Source: UNDP 

Links to external publications

expand Title : A Mapping Survey of the Complaint Handling Systems of African National Human Rights Institutions  ‎(2)
expand Title : Assessing the Effectiveness of NHRIs ‎(1)
expand Title : FRA Handbook ‎(1)
expand Title : Guidelines on the role of NHRIs in Monitoring Implementation of Recommendations of the African Commission on Human and Peoples´ Rights and Judgments of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights ‎(2)
expand Title : NHRIs: History, Principles, Roles and Responsibilities ‎(4)
expand Title : OHCHR/UNDP Toolkit ‎(1)
expand Title : State of Africa NHRIs Study Report 2016 ‎(2)
expand Title : Torture Prevention Guide ‎(3)