03 Dec 2021

ENNHRI members elect new governance positions at final General Assembly of 2021

The final ENNHRI General Assembly of 2021 took place today, bringing together over 55 participants from ENNHRI members across Europe. The meeting saw the adoption of ENNHRI’s new Strategic Plan and the election of new office holders for crucial ENNHRI and GANHRI governance positions. It also provided a chance to look back on this year’s achievements.

ENNHRI members elected the new ENNHRI Chair, Board members, Finance Committee Chair, and Finance Committee members, as well as GANHRI governance positions and representatives for various GANHRI functions.

Discover below who has been elected for ENNHRI and GANHRI governance positions. They will all start their terms in March 2022, aside from the SCA Alternate Member who begins in post immediately:

ENNHRI Chair

  • Sirpa Rautio, Finnish Human Rights Centre

ENNHRI Board

  • Erinda Ballanca, People’s Advocate of Albania
  • Diana Kovatcheva, Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Sirpa Rautio, Finnish Human Rights Centre
  • Beate Rudolf, German Institute for Human Rights
  • Petter Wille, Norwegian National Human Rights Institution
  • Miroslaw Wróblewski, Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland

ENNHRI Finance Committee Chair

  • Lorraine Hamill, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

ENNHRI Finance Committee

  • Emmanuel Schelfthout, Unia – Belgian Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism           
  • Michael Windfuhr, German Institute for Human Rights   
  • Alan Sharman, Equality and Human Rights Committee
  • Lorraine Hamill, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission       

GANHRI Bureau Members

  • Erinda Ballanca, People’s Advocate of Albania
  • Diana Kovatcheva, Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Sirpa Rautio, Finnish Human Rights Centre
  • Petter Wille, Norwegian National Human Rights Institution

GANHRI Bureau Alternate Member

  • Nino Lomjaria, Public Defender of Georgia

SCA Alternate Member

  • Maria Gavouneli, Greek National Commission for Human Rights 

Find out who will join various GANHRI Working Groups in the overview document. Their terms start immediately.

Congratulations to all of those elected! Although they still have three months left in their mandates, ENNHRI would already like to express its heartfelt thanks to all those who have served in key governance positions over the last three years.

Their tireless commitment and immense expertise have helped take the network to new heights and ensure that the community of European NHRIs is closer than ever.