National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) are periodically accredited before the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the Global Alliance of NHRIs (GANHRI). They are evaluated with reference to the UN Paris Principles, which are the international standards for NHRIs to promote and protect human rights effectively and in an independent manner. One of our core objectives at ENNHRI is to support our members with accreditation – before, during and after the accreditation process.

NHRIs are accredited with one of the following statuses:

  • A status – Fully compliant with Paris Principles
  • B status – Partly compliant with Paris Principles
  • No status – Not compliant with Paris Principles

» Learn more about the UN Paris Principles and the accreditation process

We support our members in a number of ways, such as:

  • Support during the accreditation process
  • Advice on legislation related to NHRI establishment and mandates
  • Input to the SCA on the regional human rights context in Europe
  • Assistance during a member’s follow-up on SCA recommendations

Accreditation Support Group

Our Accreditation Support Group gathers ENNHRI members with accreditation expertise from different types of institutions across Europe, including the SCA member and alternate member. It provides peer support in order to:

  • Promote the Paris Principles, the SCA General Observations and SCA rules of procedure to ENNHRI members
  • Promote good practice on the various stages of the accreditation process
  • Act as a point of contact for peer exchange on accreditation for ENNHRI members and the establishment of new NHRIs in compliance with the Paris Principles
  • Facilitate input from ENNHRI members on the SCA accreditation process

The Accreditation Support Group is supported by the ENNHRI Secretariat, which coordinates its activities, collects relevant information and technical advice on accreditation and NHRI establishment, and provides liaison with the SCA.

Current members


To request support, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the Accreditation Support Group, contact the ENNHRI Secretariat:

Debbie Kohner Debbie Kohner

Katrien Meuwissen Katrien Meuwissen
Senior Human Rights Officer (Accreditation)

Gabriel Almeida Gabriel Almeida
Senior Human Rights Officer (Accreditation)