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National Human Rights Institutions: History, Principles, Roles and Responsibilities

July 28, 2011, 9:55 p.m.


The United Nations Human Rights published a professional training series in May 2011 on human rights titled, “National Human Rights Institutions: History, Principles, Roles and Responsibilities”.  The training series has six main objectives focusing on how national human rights institution’s (NHRIs) operate, explains what an NHRI is and the different types of NHRI’s, their role in Human Rights, in advising governments and legislatures, in protecting human rights and the rule of law, and to identify key challenges and opportunities.  The various chapter titles are: 


  1. The United Nations Human Rights System and National Human Rights Institutions

  2. Introducing National Human Rights Institutions

  3. The International Coordinating Committee and the Paris Principles

  4. Human Rights Promotion

  5. Human Rights Protection

  6. Advising the Government and Parliament

  7. Coordination and Cooperation

  8. National Human Rights Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations

  9. Supporting National Human Rights Institutions


This publication introduces the reader to national human rights institutions (NHRIs). Its focus is on NHRIs as both cornerstones of national human rights protection and promotion, and links between States and the international human rights system.

Respect for human rights requires the concerted effort of every Government, individual, group and organ in society. With this in mind, the publication is intended for all those who seek a basic understanding of NHRIs, the work they do, how they interact with States, civil society and the international community, and how to support their work.


The training series is very useful for those interested in Human Rights and the role of NHRIs to ensure the Human Rights are being respected.  Other sources can also be found here.

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