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:

  • A legislative or constitutional basis
  • A broad mandate to promote and protect human rights
  • Independence from government and other actors
  • Pluralism, including through membership, staff and/or effective cooperation
  • Transparent appointment, dismissal and security of tenure for members
  • Adequate resources, human and financial
  • Adequate powers of investigation
  • Cooperation with national and international actors, including civil society
  • Accountability, in particular through annual reporting