Equality and Human Rights Commission re-accredited as ‘A status’ organisation
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been re-accredited as an ‘A status’ National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).
The decision comes following a routine re-accreditation process with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) this month.
GANHRI periodically reviews and accredits NHRIs through its Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) – approximately every five years.
Retaining ‘A status’ means the EHRC remains fully compliant with the ‘Paris Principles’, which provide the benchmark for high-performing, independent National Human Rights Institutions. The EHRC also remains able to report directly to the United Nations on human rights issues.
Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Chairwoman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:
“We are delighted that our vital work as a defender of human rights in this country has been recognised internationally again. I am proud of the powerful example we continue to set as a National Human Rights Institution on the global stage.
“This is a clear recognition of our status as an independent organisation with a proven track record promoting and upholding human rights.”
As part of the re-accreditation process, GANHRI will publish in November a full report on all NHRIs reviewed this session.
Kishwer Falkner added:
“We look forward to receiving GANHRI’s full report next month. We are confident that any recommendations they make will help strengthen our role in creating a fairer society for all.
“We will continue to work with all organisations in our shared goals to protect equality and human rights and reduce discrimination in England, Scotland and Wales.”