Upcoming events
Workshop on Monitoring and Communicating on Asylum and Migration in a Challenging Context Thursday 25 April

Date: 25 April 2019
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
The workshop will take place one day before the Asylum and Migration Working Group meeting (26 April 2019).


European National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) face increased challenges when working on asylum and migration. National governments and other public authorities are often unwilling to cooperate with NHRIs in this area. In some cases, NHRIs have even been denied access to documents when investigating violation of migrants’ rights, despite being legally vested with such powers.

Where governments have adopted a clear “anti-migrant” stance, both in discourse and in practice through the adoption of legislation and policies, NHRIs can face great obstacles in monitoring, reporting and ensuring follow-up to their recommendations on asylum and migration issues. In some countries, the lack of public support for the work of NHRIs on asylum and migration can be an additional barrier when fulfilling NHRIs broad human rights mandate under the Paris Principles.


The primary objective of this workshop is to enhance the capacities of European NHRIs to monitor and report on asylum and migration issues, with a focus on communicating this work to the general public.

Through the exchange of good practices, NHRI participants can enhance their capacities to communicate about migrants’ rights at the national level. They will also increase their knowledge on the external support they can seek when facing challenges working on asylum and migration issues. Through thematic-specific sessions, participants will also exchange with peers and external speakers about good practices with regard to monitoring and reporting on the rights of migrant children and on the situation at the borders.

The workshop will combine mixed panels and work in small groups. This will allow for dynamic discussion and sharing of information, while including practical tools and guidance from experts and relevant stakeholders.

For more information on the workshop, please contact Gabriel Almeida ( and Sophie Hale ( at the ENNHRI Secretariat.

This workshop falls under ENNHRI’s objective to “build NHRI capacities to effect change at national level”, contributing to a more effective promotion and protection of human rights in Europe.

» Download the workshop concept note
» Learn more about the Asylum and Migration Working Group
» Read about outcomes of the last meeting of the Asylum & Migration Working Group in November 2018

Past events
Capacity building workshop in Mostar on economic and social rights in situations of (post-)conflict From 25 to 27 March

Dates: 25-27 March 2019
Location: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Violations of economic and social rights can be both a cause and consequence of conflict. A poor standard of living and a lack of access to work, education, adequate housing and social protection, coupled with ongoing discrimination, can lead to public unrest.

Conflict, especially when involving armed hostilities, often deprives people of their dignity, a situation that may last for years. In these circumstances, monitoring, documenting and reporting on economic and social rights becomes an important way for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to influence change in the short- and long-terms.

About the workshop

This workshop will address strategic approaches for NHRIs to working with economic and social rights in (post-)conflict contexts. It will take place in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, a city whose history often left its communities no other choice but to live through the horrors of war.

Representatives of NHRIs, NGOs and intergovernmental organisations will discuss the importance of NHRIs’ monitoring of states’ compliance with their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil economic and social rights, especially in relation to conflict.

Participants will share their challenges and methods of work, highlighting effective practices. This includes the example of community-led monitoring in Northern Ireland developed by the NGO Participation and the Practice of Rights Project. Participants will learn how communities in Northern Ireland influence change in the areas of housing, health, work using economic and social rights standards, principles and mechanisms.

The workshop will provide NHRIs with new tools to address economic and social rights in a strategic way, increasing the level of rights enjoyment by their respective communities.

To find out more about the workshop, contact Nina Pániková from the ENNHRI Secretariat.

This event is organised within the framework of ENNHRI’s project to enhance the effectiveness of NHRIs to promote and protect human rights in situations of (post-)conflict in wider Europe. » Learn more

Meeting on the Role of NHRIs in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Non-Government Controlled Areas From 13 to 14 February

The main goals of the meeting are to:

  • Explore the role of NHRIs to promote and protect human rights in non-government controlled areas, in compliance with the Paris Principles, and build a common understanding of this role among NHRIs and key stakeholders;
  • Identify, where possible, strategies and approaches for cooperation to support NHRIs’ role to promote and protect human rights in non-government controlled areas.

For more information, please contact Cecilia de Armas

Register by 5th Nov: ENNHRI Asylum & Migration Working Group Meeting From 13 to 14 November 2018

The ENNHRI Asylum & Migration Working Group will meet in November 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

The main goals of the meeting are to:

  • share experiences on A&M issues;
  • discuss the outcome of the survey which was circulated in August;
  • define the WG priorities for 2019, including a topic for research and training;
  • get an update on relevant developments at different levels and discuss NHRIs’ role; and
  • elect a new Chair of the WG.

Register by 5th November 2018. To register, or for more information, contact Gabriel Almeida.

Beyond Brexit: The Future of Trade, Equality & Human Rights Tuesday 6 November 2018

As the UK’s departure from the European Union approaches, the British Government is preparing to take on the new responsibility of trade negotiations. The Trade Bill currently passing through the British Parliament is laying the groundwork for this. Civil society has called for the inclusion of Human Rights and Democracy clauses that are at least equal to the EU’s standards, and others emphasise that this is also an opportunity to introduce higher standards.

This event will focus on the inclusion of human rights and democracy clauses in the upcoming EU-UK deal after Brexit and the role of NHRIs and equality bodies in this respect.

Organised by: ENNHRI, Equinet and the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Hosted by: Sajjad Haider Karim MEP, alongside Heidi Hautala MEP and Jean Lambert MEP.

Click here to sign up.

For more information, contact: Nina Panikova

ENNHRI General Assembly & Annual Conference 2018 From 24 to 25 October 2018

ENNHRI’s Annual Conference will take place on 25 October 2018 in Athens, Greece. The central topic will be ’Building Bridges for Human Rights - NHRIs as Human Rights Defenders’. The Concept Note for the Annual Conference can be found here.

GANHRI’s 13th International Conference in Morocco From 10 to 12 October 2018

This year, GANHRI’s 13th International Conference will take place between 10-12 October 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco on “Expanding the civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a specific focus on women: the role of NHRIs”.

Due to limited venue capacity, the conference is open by invitation only. To register please use the online form by following this linkbefore 31 July 2018.

There might be a possibility to get financial support for the travel and accommodation of NHRI representatives coming from ’least developed countries’. NHRIs needing financial support can get in touch with the Moroccan NHRI by contacting Ms Ghizlane Kabbaj

Other information on the conference can be found on the conference webpage or by sending an email to

CRPD WG Meeting & ENNHRI-Equinet Training From 2 to 4 October 2018

The Working Group Meeting on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) took place on 2 October in Riga, Latvia, followed by a joint ENNHRI-Equinet Training from 3 to 4 October. See event description and photos here.

ENNHRI Human Rights and Conflict Project - Workshop on Counter-terrorism From 11 to 13 September 2018

ENNHRI will organise on 11 to 13 September 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a Workshop on the human rights implications of counter-terrorism measures. Participating NHRIs will be able to share best practices and discuss their advisory functions in relation tot the new anti-terrorist and criminal legislation and policy compliance with human rights standards. More information will be available soon on the Project Microsite.

All relevant documents for this ENNHRI event will be available in September.

ENNHRI Communications Working Group From 5 to 6 July 2018

The ENNHRI Communications Working Group will gather this year between 5-6 July in Berlin. More information will be available soon on the ENNHRI website.

8th Annual Tripartite Partnership Review Meeting UNDP | GANHRI |OHCHR Friday 22 June 2018

In the framework of the 2018 UNDP Annual Meeting (on Strengthening the Rule of Law for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development) one day is dedicated to the Tripartite Partnership Review Meeting.

the meeting will include global updates on developments and perspectives from the Regional networks: Key trends and forward looking priorities, strategic planning processes, opportunities for partnership in Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe.

ENNHRI Secretary General Debbie Kohner and ENNHRI Chair, Lora Vidovic, are attending the meeting.

NHRI Academy From 4 to 8 June 2018

The Annual NHRI Academy is taking place this year in Finland. The topics of this edition are:

  • Legislative reviews and human rights impact assessments; and
  • The role of NHRIs in promoting and protecting human rights defenders, including as concerns their access to justice.
Economic and Social Rights Working Group Meeting Tuesday 15 May 2018
Joint CoE-FRA-ENNHRI-Equinet ESCR & OPRE Platforms From 15 to 16 May 2018
GANHRI Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) Meeting From 14 to 18 May 2018
Thematic Sessions of the Preparatory Process for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migrations Thursday 3 May 2018

On 3 May, in Berlin, GANHRI brings together NHRIs from across the world to identify concrete actions and implement the Global Compact on Migration.

"Human Rights & Conflict" Project events: Capacity Building workshop and Sub-regional meeting From 23 to 27 April 2018

The first capacity building workshop under the Human Rights and Conflict Project will be focusing on the protection of the rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and will take place on 23-25 April. The workshop will be followed by a Sub-regional meeting on 26-27 April and will look into the specific human rights challenges of NHRIs operating in (post) conflict situations in Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus. Participation in the events is by invitation only.

NHRI.EU Workshop on Business and Human Rights From 26 to 28 March 2018

The workshop is part of the Blended Learning Course on business and human rights organised in the framework of the NHRI.EU project. 15 staff from across the ENNHRI membership have been selected for the course. More information on the course, the NHRI.EU project and the selection criteria is available here.

Beyond jargon: Reframing our communication on human rights Tuesday 6 March 2018

A Human Rights Council side event - will bring together leaders of the human rights bodies, to discuss concrete ways of re-thinking and re-shaping communication on human rights. The event is jointly organised by ENNHRI, Council of Europe, GANHRI, FRA and OHCHR and is open to UN press corps and public registered at HRC, English only.

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Workshop on Monitoring and Reporting From 5 to 7 March 2018

A three day face-to-face workshop organised between 5-7 March 2018 in Chișinău, Moldova. This is the second stage of the course on monitoring and reporting, organised by the Danish Institute for Human rights and ENNHRI under the NHRI.EU project. More information about the course is available here.

GANHRI General Meeting and Conference From 21 to 23 February 2018

This year’s GANHRI General Meeting and Conference will take place on 21-23 February in Geneva. More information is available on GANHRI website.

ENNHRI General Assembly meeting Wednesday 21 February 2018

ENNHRI’s GA meeting will take place on 21 February during the GANHRI Annual meeting. Documents and agenda available now on the Members Area.

ENNHRI - FRA Workshop on EU Charter From 6 to 7 February 2018

ENNHRI Members participate on 6 and 7 February in a training on the use of the EU Charter jointly organised with the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in Vienna.
About 40 staff members from 25 European NHRIs will look at different applications of the Charter in the field of asylum and migration, the rights of persons of with disabilities, and the social pillar and will discuss further cooperation in this field with the FRA. The training will be followed by a meeting of ENNHRI Legal Working Group.

Advisory Group Meeting -Human Rights and Conflict Project Wednesday 31 January 2018

Meeting of the Advisory Group of ENNHRI’s Human Rights and Conflict Project (by invitation only)

Stakeholders’ engagement meeting - Human Rights and Conflict Project Tuesday 30 January 2018

First stakeholders’ engagement meeting within ENNHRI’s project on the Role of NHRIs in Situations of Conflict and Post-Conflict (“Human Rights and Conflict”), by invitation only. At the meeting, European NHRIs operating in (post)conflict environments will discuss their work, challenges, and vision for cooperation with numerous international and regional stakeholders.

E-learning course on Monitoring and Reporting From 22 January to 15 February 2018

A facilitated e-learning course, organised under the NHRI.EU project, which will take up around 2-3 hours per week between 22 January - 15 February 2018.
The course will be followed by a face-to-face workshop which will take place in March 2018 in Chișinău, Moldova.
The course is available for 15 staff from across the ENNHRI membership who have applied by the deadline of 8 dec.
More information on the course, the NHRI.EU project and the selection criteria is available in the course brochure.

Blended Learning Course on Business and Human Rights From 19 December 2017 to 19 January 2018
  • A facilitated online course, which will take up around 2-3 hours per week between 22 January - 15 February 2018;
  • A three day face-to-face workshop between 26-28 March 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia;
  • An opportunity to apply for a grant of up to 15.000 euro for your NHRI to implement a project related to the courses’ theme.
    More information on the course, the NHRI.EU project and the selection criteria is available here.