Promoting and protecting human rights across wider Europe

We are the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions. We bring together National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) across Europe to enhance the promotion and protection of human rights in the region.

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What are National Human Rights Institutions?

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are state-mandated bodies, independent of government, with a broad constitutional or legal mandate to promote and protect human rights at the national level.
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COVID-19: How are NHRIs in Europe responding?

Through their mandate to promote and protect human rights, NHRIs play a crucial role in ensuring that human rights are not forgotten in such uncertain times. Here is how some NHRIs across Europe are responding.
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Economic and Social Rights: Practices of NHRIs in Europe

NHRIs have a mandate to work towards the implementation of all human rights, including economic and social rights. Visit our new interactive page for an insight into how NHRIs advance the enjoyment of economic and social rights in Europe.
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7 principles for addressing poverty through a human rights-based approach

This Guide outlines ways to advance a human rights-based approach in this area, showcasing practical examples of how European NHRIs already adopt this approach with recommendations for concrete actions.
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New paper outlines how European NHRIs promote and protect human rights of migrants at borders

The paper serves as a starting point for European NHRIs to put forward recommendations to national and regional authorities to ensure greater respect for human rights.
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WHY WORK WITH NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS?

Find out what representatives of civil society, European institutions and European NHRIs have to say.