“National human rights institutions are guardians of human rights. But too often, they cannot deliver on their true potential,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “Governments and Parliaments should free NHRIs from unnecessary constraints and grant them the power and resources they need to do their job properly. As the Coronavirus pandemic affected or limited many rights, it is especially important that we have strong and independent NHRIs to champion people’s fundamental rights during and after COVID-19.”
NHRIs are independent organisations set up by states to promote and protect human rights within their countries in line with the United Nations (UN) guiding “Paris principles” and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
This new FRA report on Strong and effective NHRIs: challenges, promising practices and opportunities reviews their situation across the EU, North Macedonia, Serbia and the United Kingdom. It identifies various ways how NHRIs could further promote and protect fundamental rights:
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