Upcoming events
Events calendar Sunday 31 December

ENNHRI Calendar of events for 2017.

Past events
CDDH Plenary Meeting in Strasbourg From 5 to 7 December

ENNHRI participates in the plenary meeting of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) of the Council of Europe, which takes place between 5-7 December 2017 . Among the issues discussed are: the human rights of older persons and their comprehensive care, the reform of the convention system, the implementation of the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights . The CDDH plenary will also adopt a CDDH MIG report on which ENNHRI had previously commented on. You can find more information on COE’s website

ENNHRI 3 - General Assembly and Seminar From 29 to 30 November

ENNHRI’s third General Assembly Seminar will take place on 29 November 2017, and will focus on NHRIs engagement with the EU. The Seminar will be followed by the General Assembly Meeting on 30 November. Both events will take place in Brussels.

Information and contact
Detailed information on the General Assembly and relevant documents will be available in due time on the dedicated Members Area (for ENNHRI members only). If you are not registered yet, please register here to access the Members Area (click here for more information on the Members Area). Please note that ENNHRI will cover the accommodation and travel costs for one funded representative from each ENNHRI member institution only.

For any further queries or information, please contact ENNHRI Secretariat at info(at)

ENNHRI’s Stakeholder Conference on Older Persons and Long-Term Care (28 November 2017)
The Final Conference of ENNHRI’s Older Persons Project will take place on 28 November, a day before ENNHRI 3. Please indicate your interest to attend the final conference in the registration form below. The Secretariat team will be in touch with you for additional information, including the possibility to fund participation.


Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest in the seminar and we are looking forward to seeing you in Brussels.

Older Persons and Long-term Care: Stakeholder Conference Tuesday 28 November

The Final Conference of ENNHRI’s Project on the Human Rights of Older Persons and long-term care will take place on 28th November 2017. Pre-registration is available for the event. Please contact Ciara O’Dwyer, project manager, if you require more information.

Stakeholder Conference on The Human Rights of Older Persons and Long-term Care Tuesday 28 November

We are glad to inform you that registration is now open for ENNHRI’s Stakeholder Conference on The Human Rights of Older Persons and Long-term Care, which will take place in Brussels on 28th November 2017. As well as summarising the key findings from the project, which comes to an end in December 2017, this conference aims to offer further guidance to policy-makers, care providers and advocates for older persons on implementing a human rights- based approach in the long-term care sector and protecting and promoting the rights of older persons in (or seeking) care.
Please note that places are limited. Click here to access the final agenda.
Contact Ciara O’Dwyer for more information.

GANHRI Bureau Meeting From 31 October to 3 November

The Bureau meeting of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), is taking place from 1 to 3 November 2017 in San José, Costa Rica.
The meeting will examine the role of GANHRI and other international and regional organisations to support NHRIs under threat and plan the 25th anniversary of the Paris Principles, based on which NHRIs are accredited and exercise their mandates. ENNHRI Chair, Lora Vidović, is attending the Bureau meeting.

On Tuesday, 31 October Prof.Dr Beate Rudolf, GANHRI Chair and Director of the German Institute of Human Rights international will speak at the conference on "Challenges for the Defense of the Human Rights of Women in the 21st Century", organised by the Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office with the support of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.

Event on migrants’ access to information Tuesday 17 October

European National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from migrants’ reception, transit and destination countries have collected structured data on the migrants’ right to information, during their visits of places of migrants detention in spring 2017.

ENNHRI will present a set of recommendations targeting national and EU policy makers, aiming to address the human rights challenges identified in the field of migrants’ access to information, during an event at the European Parliament on 17 October 2017.

Participants include: representatives of NHRIs, members of the European Parliament and other EU policy makers, experts in migration.

As places are limited, we recommend that you register via sending an email to Nina.Panikova(at)

For further information, please contact Julie Lejeune, Julie.Lejeune(at)

Asylum and Migration Working Group Meeting From 17 to 18 October

Meeting of the A&M WG

ECC Meeting in Helsinki From 4 to 5 October

ENNHRI ECC members and the Secretariat met on 4 and 5 October to discuss the planning of network’s activities for the next years. At the invitation of the Finish NHRI (which is composed of the Human Rights Centre, the Human Rights Delegation and the Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsman), the meeting is taking place in Helsinki. The ECC is ENNHRI’s board, made up of six elected ‘A’ status NHRIs. It drives ENNHRI’s strategic priorities, led by its Chair, and is responsible for the management and administration of ENNHRI.

Communications Group meeting From 4 to 5 July

ENNHRI’s Communications Group will meet in Paris on 4-5 July to discuss communicating human rights in challenging contexts and plan the future activities. The meeting is organised by ENNHRI with the support of CNCDH, the French NHRI.

Legal Working Group Meeting From 20 to 21 June

The annual meeting of the LWG will be held in Utrecht, Netherlands, on 20 and 21 June 2017. A training on NHRIs Third Party Interventions before the European Court of Human Rights will take place on Tuesday 20 June. The training will aim at building NHRIs’ capacity to design and carry out an impactful Third Party Intervention before the European Court of Human Rights. ENNHRIs Legal Working Group will meet on 21 June. Both events are hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. An invitation to register will be circulated by email soon, together with draft agendas. If you have any question please contact ENNHRI, Julie Lejeune

Human Rights Education Workshop From 12 to 14 June

The workshop, which takes place between 12-14 June in Sarajevo, is organised in the framework of the NHRI.EU project in which ENNHRI is a partner. Its aim is to introduce NHRIs staff to the field of human rights education - in formal education -
and support them to work structurally. The learning
objectives include strengthening NHRIs’ capacity to impact on domestic structures for human rights education (HRE) by:

  • documenting the status of HRE through baseline studies in the formal sector
  • addressing government and parliament on advancing HRE at the policy level
  • cooperating with educational authorities to enhance HRE for relevant educational levels and professions in formal education.
    An overview of the blended learning and practical details are provided in the course brochure, available here.

13 participants from 10 NHRIs are attending the event, organised with the support of the Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman/Ombudsmen of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

NHRI Academy From 29 May to 2 June

The NHRI Academy is an annual flagship event of OSCE - ODIHR and ENNHRI. This year’s Academy will be organized in cooperation with the Poznan Human Right Centre, Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of Poland. The 2017 Academy will focus on the impactful promotion of human rights in challenging environments and on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including a focus on a human rights based approach to monitoring and follow-up of the SDGs.

CRPD Working Group Meeting From 17 to 18 May

The ENNHRI CRPD WG gathers in Brussels, Belgium on 17 and 18 May, alongside the EU Work Forum on the implementation of the CRPD Convention. The meeting is hosted by the Belgian NHRI, the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities (UNIA).
On the agenda:
- Updates since CRPD WG Meeting in Berlin, including discussion on CRPD WG Draft Terms of Reference and Ways of Working;
- Information exchange on members’ recent CRPD /disability work’; and
- NHRIs impact and engagement with Persons with Disabilities.

ENNHRI meeting on Economic and Social Rights and SDGs From 3 to 4 May

Under the title "A comparative Assessment of Poverty Measurement at the European level", the meeting brings together ENNHRI members working on Economic and Social Rights and SDGs in order to have an overview of the current status of poverty measurements at the European country level, which shall potentially result in input for the HLPF 2017, and elaborate a joint approach on objectives of ENNRHI work on SDGs.

Advisory Committee Meeting on Strategic Planning Thursday 20 April

The Advisory Committee of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) met in Tbilisi on 20 April 2017. Representatives of the national human rights institutions and ombudspersons of Georgia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Great Britain, Armenia and Croatia discussed the strategic plan of ENNHRI for the next three years, including ENNHRI’s vision, mission and main objectives and thematic priorities. The previous meeting of the Advisory Committee was held in Budapest in 2013 and lead to the strategic action plan for 2014-2017.

Economic and Social Rights (ESR) Working Group and Platform meetings Monday 27 March
  • ESR Working Group meeting to discuss institutional aspects, including synergies with other ENNHRI streams of work under Human Rights and Business and Sustainable Development Goals and revision of WG Terms of Reference.
  • The ESR Joint Platform meeting is discussing the submissions of the Partners to the European Commission consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights, and therecent developments under the Turin Process at the Council of Europe level. A second session is addressing the strategic use of indicators in ESR work.
ENNHRI General Assembly Meeting Monday 6 March

ENNHRI is holding its General Assembly Meeting on the occasion of GANHRI 2017, the annual meeting of all regional networks.

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Agenda ENNHRI GA 6 3 17 Geneva
GANHRI Bureau meeting Monday 6 March

GANHRI 2017 officialy started this morning with a meeting of the Bureau. Agenda includes a progress report on GANHRI activities and projects, including from the special envoys, highlights from the four regional networks and discussions on proposed statutes amendments and rules of procedure.

GANHRI 2017 - Global Meeting of NHRIs From 6 to 9 March

GANHRI 2017, the annual meeting of NHRIs regional networks, will take place from 6 to 8 March 2017 at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva. The event will include:

  • Monday 6 March: GANHRI Bureau meeting followed by the regional meetings in the afternoon;
  • Tuesday 7 March: GANHRI General meeting;
  • Wednesday 8 March: the GANHRI 2017 Annual Conference.
  • Thursday 9 March: an event in cooperation with UNICEF dedicated to the work of NHRIs on children’s rights.
    You can find more information here.
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Programme GANHRI2017
NHRI.EU From 4 to 5 March

Steering committee meeting and project implementation meeting of the NHRI.EU project.
This global project, lead by the Danish Institute for Human Rights, develops the capacities of national human rights institutions and their regional networks.

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Freedom of Expression – the role and powers of NHRIs and other national mechanisms Thursday 15 December 2016

High-level Seminar jointly organised by the Council of Europe and ENNHRI discusses the role and powers of NHRIs and other national mechanisms in protecting the freedom of expression, and protecting journalists themselves.

Workshop on the setting up and implementing of Frontex individual complaints mechanism with Member States and Schengen Associated Countries Tuesday 6 December 2016

Meeting on the establishment and implementation of a Frontex individual complaint mechanism. The aim of this workshop is to support Frontex and the Fundamental Rights Officer (FRO), in the establishment and implementation of a Frontex individual complaint mechanism and to strengthen the channel between Frontex and those institutions, focusing on bringing individual complaints to them, as established in Article 72 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/1624 on the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.

CRPD Working Group meeting From 24 to 25 November 2016

The next meeting of the CRPD Working Group will take place on 24 and 25 November 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

1, 2, 3...ACTION! Using socio-drama to tackle elder abuse Tuesday 8 November 2016

This month we were kindly invited by AGE Action Ireland to an international conference held in Dublin where different actors spoke about elder abuse, ageism and human rights from an innovative approach perspective. The conference was held in the framework of S.T.AGE, a project developing an education and training programme to challenge ageist attitudes and help older persons to know their human rights. S.T.AGE focuses on creative tools such as socio-drama to foster empathy amongst carers in Finland, Ireland, Italy and Romania.

Click here to read more about the conference.

General Assembly From 27 to 28 October 2016

The two-day event aims to provide an opportunity for ENNHRI members to discuss recent developments, challenges and trends at national and European level in terms of the promotion and protection of human rights.

  • The General Assembly Meeting on 27 October will be dedicated to a review of past work and the planning of activities for 2017
  • The General Assembly Seminar on 28 October will address NHRI’s work on human rights and counter-terrorism

Information and contact
Detailed information on the General Assembly and relevant documents will be available on the dedicated Member’s area, which you will only be able to access with the login details that will provided to you via email. For any further queries or information, please contact ENNHRI Secretariat at info(at)

GANHRI Bureau meeting From 12 to 14 October 2016

Representatives of NHRIs from the four regional networks (groupings) in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, are convening in Berlin, Germany, on 12-14 October, on the occasion of the GANHRI Bureau meeting. The meeting takes place under the Chairmanship of Beate Rudolf of the German Institute for Human Rights, GANHRI Chair for the 2016-2018 period.

During the three-day event, participants will identify GANHRI’s strategic direction for the next three years, on the basis of key international developments and challenges to be addressed by NHRIs. Topics under discussion also include NHRI accreditation and cooperation with GANHRI’s strategic partners.

The GANHRI Bureau meeting is an opportunity for representatives to welcome the new GANHRI Staff: Special Envoys Florence Simbiri Jaoko and Alan Miller (former ENNHRI Chair), and Stéphanie Louvier, GANHRI’s first Finance and Administration Officer.

ENNHRI is represented on the Bureau for the 2016-2018 period by the following members, elected at the General Assembly meeting in Utrecht on 1 December 2015.
• Croatia - Office of the Ombudswoman of Croatia
• Finland - Finnish Human Rights Centre/Finnish NHRI
• Georgia - Office of Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia
• Germany - German Institute for Human Rights

The Bureau is assessing the applications for membership, reviews and determines the accreditation status of NHRIs. It also implements decisions of the General Meeting and is responsible for the general management of the organisation, including the development of organisational policies and procedures, the implementation of programs and monitoring financial accounts. It is comprised of 16 members, 4 from each of the regional networks of NHRIs (Africa, the Americas, the Asia-Pacific and Europe).

Economic and Social Rights (ESR) Thematic Platform From 10 to 12 October 2016

Meeting of the Thematic Platform on Economic and Social Rights in which ENNHRI participates alongside FRA, Council of Europe and the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet). ENNHRI’s Working Group on Economic and Social Rights will hold a training session for member NHRIs, on the occasion of the event.

Older Persons Day at the European Parliament Wednesday 28 September 2016

On the occasion of the International Day of Older Persons, ENNHRI organized with AGE Platform Europe, and with the support of the EPP Group of the European Parliament, a meeting with the participation of several MEPs and representatives of other EU institutions.

The 2016 UN International Day of Older Persons ‘takes a stand against ageism’ and calls on everyone to rethink our views and attitudes towards the older generation. To mark this, the joint event highlighted the pervasiveness of ageism and opened the dialogue for an international convention on the rights of older persons at EU level. It also provided an update on recent developments at the Open Ended Working Group of the United Nations and its impact on European Member States and older persons in Europe.

ENNHRI’s Chair, Lora Vidović, presented the latest updates from the Older Persons Project.

You can find more details in the press release as well as the event the agenda and background note for speakers and participants.

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Meeting of the Older Persons Project Advisory Group. From 27 to 28 September 2016

The Project Advisory Group will review the project achievements up to date, including the existing reports and will plan the next steps in the final phase of the project.

Meeting of the European Coordinating Committee From 13 to 14 September 2016

The ECC is ENNHRI’s board, responsible for the management and administration of ENNHRI. The board is meeting regularly to establish ENNHRI’s strategic priorities, led by its Chair.

ENNHRI Participation in the Fundamental Rights Forum From 20 to 23 June 2016

ENNHRI Chair, Lora Vidović, and Secretary General, Debbie Kohner, met with Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, on 21 June 2016 in Vienna on the side lines of the Fundamental Rights Forum. The Deputy High Commissioner highlighted the importance NHRIs’ and ENNHRI’s work during the current challenging developments in Europe. She encouraged ENNHRI, its members and OHCHR to continue to support each other to address human rights in the region, including: migration, older persons’ human rights, counter-terrorism, sustainable development goals and support for NHRIs under threat. Lora Vidović also spoke in the plenary on NHRIs’ work to empower rights holders, and participated in the working group on migration. Organised by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) under the motto "Rights, Respect, Reality: the Europe of Values in Today’s World", the Forum looks at existing challenges and good practices as well as future challenges and opportunities for human rights in Europe and beyond.

Fourth Annual Seminar Series on National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) Friday 17 June 2016

The Fourth Annual Seminar Series on National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) will discuss NHRI’s role in conflict and fragile contexts and their contribution to peaceful, just and inclusive societies. The event is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

Fighting elder abuse in health and long-term care Thursday 16 June 2016

The European Commission, the Council of Europe, AGE Platform Europe and ENNHRI are organising jointly a high-level conference to raise awareness of elder abuse in Europe. Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the event will promote a better understanding of the abuse and neglect of older persons by drawing attention to this escalating human rights challenge. You can find here more information about the event, including registration.

Launch meeting of the EU High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance Tuesday 14 June 2016

ENNHRI is participating in the launch meeting of the EU High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance. The new High Level Group will foster the further exchange and dissemination of best practices between national authorities on how to fill existing gaps and better counter hate crime and hate speech. This will support the compilation by the Commission of best practice guidance for Member States. The President of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, Adriana van Dooijeweert, will represent ENNHRI at the meeting.

Meeting of the Operational Platform on Roma Equality (OPRE) From 7 to 8 June 2016

The third meeting of the Operational Platform on Roma Equality (OPRE) takes place in Athens, Greece, on 7 and 8 June 2016. The meeting, hosted by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights, brings together the four members of the platform: Council of Europe (COE), Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), Equinet and ENNHRI, supported by representatives of the two networks from Albania, Belgium, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia and Slovakia. The issues discussed include recent developments at national and regional level, access of Roma and travellers to justice as well as a joint statement on evictions of Roma and travellers in Europe.

NHRI Academy 2016 From 30 May to 3 June 2016

Registration is now closed for the 2016 NHRI Academy in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event is convened by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) and organized jointly with ENNHRI, in co-operation with the Office of the Public Defender of Georgia.

Protecting Human Rights while countering terrorism: the role of NHRIs Friday 20 May 2016

The Council of Europe and ENNHRI organised on 20 May, in Paris, a brainstorming meeting on "Protecting Human Rights while countering terrorism: the role of National Human Rights Institutions." The Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, representatives of NHRIs, international organisations and academia participated in the meeting. They discussed the challenges faced by NHRIs in this area and highlighted good practices as well as lessons learned, with a view to developing a deeper understanding of the role of NHRIs in the context of state action against terrorism.

Meeting Background Note

The potential of the CRPD for older persons with disability: enabling choices in long-term care Friday 8 April 2016

Thematic Briefing, 15th Working Session of the CRPD Committee
Friday, 8th April, 2016, 13.50-14.50
Palais Wilson, Ground floor - Conference Room

ENNHRI General Assembly Meeting - 21 March 2016 Monday 21 March 2016

The next General Assembly (GA) meeting will take place in Geneva on 21 March, in the context of the ICC General Meeting. On this occasion, ENNHRI’s General Assembly will also hold elections to appoint new members of the Finance Committee and the ICC Sub-Committee on Finance. For more information, please contact the Permanent Secretariat.

The 29th session of the ICC General Meeting From 21 to 23 March 2016

The 29th session of the ICC General Meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 21 to 23 March 2016. ICC General Meetings provide an annual platform for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from all regions to come together with their partners from the United Nations and civil society.
ICC29 Conference

As part of the General Meeting, a one day conference will explore the current challenges to human rights protection, in particular the impact of violent extremism and terrorism and the massive displacement of people.

NHRIs’ representatives will discuss their experiences, approaches to, and challenges in relation to the following topics:

  • NHRIs operating in situations of conflict and post-conflict, taking into consideration the Kyiv Declaration and the Secretary-General’s Human Rights Up Front Initiative;
  • Developing human-rights based approaches to the current massive displacement of people, involving asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants, and States’ responses thereto;
  • developing human rights-based approaches to violent extremism, racism and xenophobia, and hate speech and States’ responses thereto;

The Conference will also include a Knowledge Fair, a face to face event in which participants set up displays to share their work.

Draft Agenda - ICC 29

Human rights approaches in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals - 25-26 February 2016 From 25 February to 26 March 2016

On 25 and 26 February 2016, ENNHRI members met in Berlin to discuss possible approaches in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), following the Merida Declaration in November 2015. The meeting was hosted by the German Institute for Human Rights and aimed to establish concrete ways in which European NHRIs can influence the national processes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Workshop on the Implementation of EU Charter - 9 February 2016 Tuesday 9 February 2016

A workshop organised by ENNHRI and FRA which aims to facilitate and strengthen NHRIs’ work on the implementation of the EU Charter at the national level.

Legal Working Group Meeting Monday 8 February 2016

The meeting will bring together different ENNHRI members from across Europe to discuss the priorities and activities of the Legal Working Group in 2016.