What is a national human rights institution?

What is a national human rights institution?

By Morten Kjærum

In 1991 the First International Workshop on National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights was held in Paris. The outcome of this workshop was a set of principles guiding the work and structure of national institutions. These guidelines were endorsed by the UN Commission on Human Rights the following year and adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. However, the idea of establishing national institutions can be traced back to the second session of the UN Economic and Social Council in 1946 where it was decided to invite member states to “consider the desirability” of establishing local bodies in the form of “information groups or local human rights committees” to function as vehicles for collaboration with the UN Commission on Human Rights.

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Downgrading of Accreditation by the International Coordination Committee (ICC) of the National Human Rights Institution

Downgrading of Accreditation

by the International Coordination Committee (ICC)

of the National Human Rights Institution

Malaysia’s Human Right Commission might lose ‘A’ status

Malaysiakini’s Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Jul 25, 08

suhakam protest 191207The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) may lose its ‘A’ status from a key regulator, thus potentially barring it from attending sessions of the UN Human Rights Council.
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This is following an accreditation review exercise by the International Coordination Committee (ICC) of the National Human Rights Institution. Suhakam was told by the ICC to provide, in writing, within one year of such notice, evidence to establish its continued conformity with the Paris Principles.

“This (possibility of a downgrading) will reflect poorly on Malaysia’s human rights record at the international level because it shows a lack of political will to protect and promote human rights, let alone enforce it,” said Honey Tan of women’s rights group Empower.

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