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FRA publishes handbook on the establishment and accreditation of NHRIs

October 19th 2012
The Fundamental Rights Agency launches a handbook that offers an overview of the history of NHRIs, explains their place in the international framework and provides practical examples of how NHRIs fulfill their mandates.
FRA has published its Handbook on the establishment and accreditation of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the European Union. The Handbook includes a step-by-step guide of the accreditation process, with examples of concrete practices related to such issues as their powers, independence and mandate. The Handbook also shows accreditation trends and lists the applicable international standards.

- Handbook on the establishment and accreditation of National Human Rights Institutions in the European Union (click to download)

Alongside the handbook, a collection of case studies outlining the experiences of NHRIs in selected Member States has been published in a separate Annex. It includes concrete examples of different paths EU Member States have taken when seeking to establish an NHRI or obtain an accreditation status for it.

- Annex to the Handbook - The path to A-status: Contributions from selected EU Member States (click to download)

For further information on the handbook contact Jonas Grimheden from FRA: Jonas.Grimheden@fra.europa.eu

Equinet perspective on NHRIs and NEBs (click to access) (Click to enlarge picture) The handbook also references Equinet’s perspective on Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions - Making the Link to Maximise Impact, which seeks to establish principles and proposals to ensure that the links developed between equality bodies and national human rights institutions contributes to maximising the impact of these bodies. You can read more about the perspective here.