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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

National Human Rights Institutions

NHRIs are statutory bodies established by governments in Africa and charged with the responsibility of promoting and protecting human rights institutions in their respective countries. The establishment and operations of this institution must conform to the UN Principles relating to the Status and Functioning of National Institution for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (Paris Principles).

Although the rights and obligations of affiliated NHRIs are similar in some respects to those of NGOs granted observer status, NHRIs are also required to assist the Commission in the promotion of the human rights at the country level. For instance, NHRIs have encouraged their countries to ratify human rights treaties. They have also played and continue to play a significant role in enhancing the protective and promotional activities of the Commission. Their contributions include raising awareness of the Commission’s activities.

NHRIs affiliated to the Commission are entitled to attend and participate in the Commission’s public sessions. Like NGOs, they are required to submit report on their activities to the Commission every two years.

 

NGO State Session
South Sudan Human Rights Commission South Sudan 63rd Ordinary Session

October 24 to November 13 , 2018

Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission Zimbabwe 60th Ordinary Session

May 08 to May 22 , 2017

Commission for Gender Equality of the Republic of South Africa South Africa 62nd Ordinary Session

April 25 to May 09 , 2018

Commission Nationale Sahraouie des Droits de l’Homme (CONASADH) Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic 58th Ordinary Session

April 06 to April 20 , 2016

The National Commission for Human Rights, The Sudan Sudan 58th Ordinary Session

April 06 to April 20 , 2016

La Commission Nationale des Droits de l’Homme de Côte d’Ivoire 56th Ordinary Session

April 21 to May 07 , 2015

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice Ghana 56th Ordinary Session

April 21 to May 07 , 2015

National Human Rights Commission of Mauritania Mauritania 47th Ordinary Session

May 12 to May 26 , 2010

Commission Nationale Independente des Droits de l’Homme Burundi 53rd Ordinary Session

April 09 to April 22 , 2013

L’Observatoire National des Droits de l’Homme de la République Démocratique du Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo 36th Ordinary Session

November 23 to December 07 , 2004

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights Kenya 36th Ordinary Session

November 23 to December 07 , 2004

Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance of Tanzania Tanzania 35th Ordinary Session

May 21 to June 04 , 2004

Commission Nationale des Droits Humains du Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 35th Ordinary Session

May 21 to June 04 , 2004

Permanent Human Rights Commission of Zambia Zambia 35th Ordinary Session

May 21 to June 04 , 2004

National Commission for Human Rights and Liberties of Cameroon Cameroon 42nd Ordinary Session

November 15 to November 28 , 2007

Commission nationale des droits de l’homme du Mali Mali 42nd Ordinary Session

November 15 to November 28 , 2007

Uganda Human Rights Commission Uganda 40th Ordinary Session

November 15 to November 29 , 2006

Ethiopian Human Rights Commission Ethiopia 40th Ordinary Session

November 15 to November 29 , 2006

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States which Have No NHRI 29
States which Have NHRI 26

Criteria for granting of affiliate status

To be granted affiliate status, the prospect NHRIs must fulfil the following requirements:

  • It must be a national institution of a state party to the Charter.
  • It must be duly established by law.
  • It should conform to the ‘Paris Principles’.
  • It must formally apply to the Commission for affiliate status.

Resolution on the Granting of Observer Status to National Human Rights Institutions in Africa