National human rights institutions

National human rights institutions (NHRIs) like the New Zealand Human Rights Commission have a unique role at the United Nations. They are independent of governments and separate from non-governmental organisations. The United Nations and other international agencies are increasingly looking to NHRIs to provide authoritative human rights advice to better monitor the progress countries make towards the realisation of human rights. The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has an A accreditation.

02 Nov 2010 15 27 12 R Noonan Chair National human rights institutionsUntil March 2012, former Chief Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan was the chair of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC), an international organisation  which coordinates the accreditation and support of National Human Rights Institutions.

Find out more about the ICC.


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