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”.

The Paris Principles apply to diverse national and legal contexts, and can be
fulfilled by various types of institutions. In order to assist in the application
of the Paris Principles in practice, General Observations have been
developed as interpretative tools, for application during the accreditation
process, and to assist NHRIs in developing their own practices and
procedures in compliance with the Paris Principles.