The Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), previously known as the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for Promotion and Protection of Human Rights – ICC), is an international body of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) established in 1993. It seeks to promote and strengthen the compliance of NHRIs with the Paris Principles and support NHRI engagement with the UN system and other international organisations.

The GANHRI currently has a membership of 111 NHRIs from the four regions namely, Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. SUHAKAM has been a member of GANHRI since 2002.

The GANHRI has several organising committees:

  i. Bureau: This committee is the Board of Management for the GANHRI. All Sub-Committees and Working Groups report to the Bureau. It comprises 16 “A” status  or Paris Principles-compliant NHRIs representing the four regions.

ii. Finance Committee: It assists and advise the Bureau on all financial matters of GANHRI.

iii. Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA): It reviews NHRIs’ accreditation application and their compliance with the Paris Principles. The Paris Principles, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1993, set out the minimum standards for NHRIs’ independence and effectiveness in promoting and protecting human rights.

iv. Working Group on Business and Human Rights: It was established to facilitate NHRI engagement in the area of business and human rights. SUHAKAM is a member of the Working Group since March 2015 for a two years term.

v. Working Group on Sustainable Development: This Working Group was established in 2014 in anticipation of NHRIs’ unique and important role in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Every member of GANHRI undergoes an accreditation process every five years, which is overseen by the SCA. After its last reaccreditation exercise in 2010, SUHAKAM was again subjected to the GANHRI accreditation process in November 2015. As an outcome of the review, SUHAKAM was reaccredited with ‘A’ status for the period 2016-2020. As of January 2016, there are 72 NHRIs including SUHAKAM accredited with “A” status by the GANHRI.

The GANHRI, in cooperation with the National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section (NIRMS) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), holds its Annual General meetings, international conferences as well as meetings of the GANHRI Bureau and SCA.

As a member of the GANHRI, SUHAKAM has been actively participating in the work and activities of the GANHRI at the national, regional and international levels.

For further information about the GANHRI, please refer to:

http://nhri.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/default.aspx

For further information about the GANHRI accreditation and the Paris Principles, please refer to:

 http://nhri.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/ICCAccreditation/Pages/default.aspx