National Human Rights Institutions

Best Practice

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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.



Mandate and Powers

NHRIs should possess the mandate and power to promote, protect and secure human rights. Broad mandates afford the possibility of greater rights protection and thus are preferable. This is especially relevant for those countries with constitutions that define rights or human rights so narrowly as to afford limited,if any protection against attempts by the government or other actors to impinge on the human rights of citizens.


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