All people in all countries should have the benefit of having a strong and independent NHRI
78 countries in several regions have not achieved compliance of their NHRIs with the Paris Principles
GANHRI emphasized that the existence of an independent, Paris Principles compliant NHRIs is also an indicator to measure states’ progress under Goal 16 of the SDGs. In the Statement of the Global Alliance of National Institutions (GANHRI) Before the 45th session of the Human Rights Council, in discussion of Items 2 and 8, Dr. Al Marri emphasized that NHRI that can protect and promote their human rights, and ensure that they can operate in a safe and enabling environment.
Al Marri added we encourage states to establish or strengthen NHRIs where they already exist and look forward to working with them and to continue supporting our members NHRIs in building strength and growth, whilst defending their protection. GANHRI and the four NHRI regional networks support the establishment of NHRIs where they do not yet exist and contribute to the continuous capacity development of NHRIs to enhance their effectiveness. We do so in close coordination and in partnership with the UN.
Strong and well-resourced NHRIs play a critical role in assisting states meet their international human rights obligations, and in realizing the SDGs. This role and their guiding authority has been critical also and especially during the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency crisis.
Dr. Al Marri extended thanks and gratitude to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for the reports on NHRIs, and stated that As documented in the Secretary-General’s report, NHRIs are engaged in a range of monitoring, advisory, and reporting activities, and play an important role in holding states for upholding human rights in their COVID-19 responses, pointing out that In 2019, 40% of member states have achieved compliance of their NHRIs with the Paris Principles, progress in 78 countries across several regions remains overdue, as has been noted by the Secretary General in his 2020 SDG progress report.