WORLD | COVID-19 study highlights imperative role of NHRIs in the pandemic

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) released the findings of a commissioned study regarding NHRIs experiences with COVID-19. 

The objective of the study, commissioned by the GANHRI-OHCHR-UNDP Tripartite Partnership in support of National Human Rights Institutions, was to provide a collaborative analysis to share good practices, experiences and lessons learned pertaining to NHRIs and their response to COVID-19. 

The findings show that NHRIs responded unanimously by shifting their efforts to areas of human rights directly affected by COVID-19 and government response. NHRIs employed their mandates to address complaints and violations within the aforementioned fields, provide advice to their governments and administrations, and ensure appropriate action that’s proportional to the situation. Most importantly the study demonstrates the importance of NHRIs during a global crisis.  

GANHRI sincerely thanks its partners UNDP and OHCHR and all Regional Networks (APF, ENNHRI, NANHRI and RINDCHA) for their valuable contributions. Special thanks are extended to all national human rights institutions who participated in the study including by contributing with their experiences and practices to the survey and who have been interviewed or otherwise participated.


To read the full press release, please visit the website of GANHRI.

Click here to watch the video on the COVID-19 and NHRIs study


Source: Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)

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