National Human Rights Institutions

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This book explains the role, background and issues surrounding the establishment of National Human Rights Institutions. It brings together the experience of NHRIs across the Commonwealth and serves as a useful guide.



Composition of National Institutions

There are two absolutely necessary features for an NHRI to function effectively:(i) high-quality members and staff; and (ii) independence. Individual members should possess the requisite expertise, integrity, experience and sensitivity to adequately protect and promote human rights. NHRIs must be free to perform their mandates and functions without outside restraint or improper influence.


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