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Global Alliance For National Human Rights Institutions

Global Alliance For National Human Rights Institutions:

The National Human Rights Commission, India (NHRC-India), a vital institution for safeguarding human rights, recently faced challenges regarding its accreditation by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

  • The NHRC-India has experienced a deferral of its accreditation by GANHRI on two occasions.
  • GANHRI raised concerns regarding several aspects of NHRC-India’s functioning, including political interference in appointments, involvement of the police in human rights violation investigations, poor cooperation with civil society, lack of diversity in staff and leadership, and insufficient action to protect marginalized groups.
  • These objections prompted a reevaluation of NHRC-India’s adherence to international human rights standards.
  • GANHRI consists of 16 NHRIs with ‘A’ status accreditation, representing different regions worldwide.
  • ‘A’ status accreditation grants participation in the decision-making processes of GANHRI, the Human Rights Council, and other U.N. mechanisms.
  • NHRC-India has held ‘A’ status accreditation since the accreditation process began in 1999, reaffirming its recognition and participation in human rights advocacy.