International framework

Our NHRI Status

In 2009 the Commission joined the family of ‘A’ status accredited National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) around the world, becoming Great Britain’s first accredited NHRI and the UK’s second - joining the Northern Ireland Human Rights Institution which was awarded ‘A’ status in 2006. 

In order to determine our accreditation status, we were rigorously assessed according to a number of well established criteria including composition and guarantees of independence and pluralism; having a mandate and adequate staff and budget to effectively protect and promote human rights; encouraging ratification of international human rights instruments; engagement with the international human rights system and co-operation with other NHRIs, in particular the NIHRC (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission) and the SHRC (Scottish Human Rights Commission).

The UN’s review of our work and structure found us to be compliant with the Paris Principles and it was a great honour to be designated as an ‘A’ status NHRI.

International arena

The international realm gives us a valuable framework for helping to embed a strong human rights culture in Britain. Our membership of and contribution to bodies like the UN Human Rights Council, the UN treaty bodies, the Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights and NHRI networks open up important channels for influencing human rights domestically, as well as the overall international framework.

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Last Updated: 16 Sep 2015