Our General Assembly is our highest decision making body, in which all members participate. It shapes the guiding principles of our policies and activities and adopts the strategic plan, annual budget and operational plan.
The General Assembly usually meets bi-annually: in March, on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the Global Alliance of NHRIs in Geneva, and in the autumn. Decisions are taken by consensus where possible and, only when required, by vote of A-status NHRI members.
Our Board made up of six elected A-status NHRIs. It drives our strategic priorities, led by the Chair, and is responsible for the management and administration of the organisation.
The Chair is elected by the General Assembly for a three-year term. He/she oversees the direction and management of ENNHRI and is the primary representative of the network. Each Board member has a three-year mandate.
Board Members 2019-2021
- Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Caroline Fennell) – Chair
- People’s Advocate of Albania (Erinda Ballanca)
- Office of the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia (Tena Šimonović Einwalter)
- Greek National Commission for Human Rights (Maria Gavouneli)
- Norwegian National Human Rights Institution (Petter Wille)
- Polish Commissioner for Human Rights (Miroslaw Wroblewski)
Our Finance Committee, led by its Chair, oversees our financial situation and fundraising and makes proposals to the Board and General Assembly to strengthen our financial outlook. The Finance Committee also advises the Secretariat on financial administration and makes recommendations on membership fee waiver applications.
Finance Committee 2019-2021
- Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (Lorraine Hamill) – Chair
- Unia – Belgian Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (Emmanuel Schelfthout)
- Equality and Human Rights Commission – Great Britain (Alan Sharman)
- German Institute for Human Rights (Michael Windfuhr)
Permanent Secretariat & Secretary-General
Our Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium. Established in 2013, it supports and facilitates our work and provides a central contact point for stakeholders. The Secretariat undertakes the day-to-day management of the network by implementing the Strategic Plan and annual operational plans, as well as the decisions of the Chair, Board and General Assembly.
The Secretariat is directed and managed by the Secretary-General, Debbie Kohner.
We have several Working Groups with expertise in different thematic areas, such as: European legal structures; economic, social and cultural rights; asylum and migration; and communications. The Working Groups take a lead in our substantive engagement on these topics. They also provide a platform for mutual learning and solidarity among members, and facilitate regional responses from NHRIs in specific thematic areas.