NHRIs are the only national bodies working on human rights that are accredited periodically to ensure their independence, pluralism, effectiveness and accountability. This makes them unique and crucial actors in the human rights framework, and trusted interlocutors for a variety of actors. This section provides a brief overview of the role of NHRI accreditation in the national and international arenas, and outlines the accreditation process.

  • The Paris Principles

    The Paris Workshop, held in 1991, was a first step in the development of standards for NHRIs. These were subsequently endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 (Resolution A/RES/48/134) and are generally referred to as “the Paris Principles”.
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  • The NHRI accreditation system

    “Accreditation” refers to the process put in place to assess and make public the level of compliance of NHRIs with the Paris Principles.
    NHRIs must meet the following main criteria in order to be considered Paris Principles compliant:
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