Comparative Study on Mandates of National Human Rights Institutions in the Commonwealth

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This is the first Commonwealth-wide comparative study of national human rights institutions (NHRIs), and is designed to help everyone interested in establishing and developing NHRIs to improve their effectiveness.

The study looks at the international framework for the protection of human rights, and the historical and political background to the establishment of NHRIs and ombudsman offices. The individual mandates of various institutions are considered, looking at them region by region. Finally, the study compares the normative framework and mandates of the NHRIs are analysed, comparing what NHRIs are empowered to do and what they are doing in practice, though value judgements as to the merits and demerits of individual named institutions are avoided.

Rather than provide a detailed theoretical analysis, the study concentrates on helping practitioners and policy-makers improve the working of NHRIs in practice, and will be a useful tool both to the institutions themselves and to all those who wish to support them.



Ombudsman Offices

It has already been noted that in order for States to fulfil their international human rights obligations, it is vital to establish domestic infrastructure and institutions to promote and protect rights at domestic level. Further, it is desirable that these institutions fulfil the criteria set out in the Paris Principles and the Commonwealth Secretariat Best Practice Guide. However, some small island states lack the resources and infrastructure for a human rights commission.


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