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Paris Principles at 25: Strong National Human Rights Institutions Needed More Than Ever

Commissioner for Human Rights Strasbourg 18 December 2018
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Paris Principles at 25: Strong National Human Rights Institutions Needed More Than Ever

“25 years after the international community first formally embraced the idea of creating national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights through the endorsement of the Paris Principles, it is obvious that independent and effective national human rights institutions are every bit as important and relevant today”, says Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in her Human Rights Comment published today.

“On 20 December 1993, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 48/134 on “National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights”, with an annex containing the Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions, better known as Paris Principles, in which it encouraged all states in the world to set up independent national human rights institutions (NHRIs).”


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