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Paris Principles compliant NHRIs stand out as partners that are central to national human rights protection systems and are important counterparts. They can play a crucial role in promoting and monitoring the effective implementation of international human rights standards at the national level; a role which is increasingly recognized by the international community.
Over the past two decades, the United Nations General Assembly and other bodies have issued several resolutions of relevance to NHRIs:
Since 2003, OHCHR maintains a website on NHRIs (www.nhri.net). The site, linked to all existing NHRI websites and to the OHCHR main web page, includes global, regional and country information and thematic issues of interest to NHRIs.
The Sub‑Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) has the mandate to review and analyze accreditation applications and to make recommendations to ICC Bureau members on the compliance of applicants with the Paris Principles. The SCA is composed of one “A status” accredited NHRI for each of the four regional groupings; namely Africa, the Americas , the Asia Pacific, and Europe. Members of the SCA are appointed by the regional groupings for a renewable term of three years. OHCHR participates in the work of the SCA as a permanent observer and in its capacity as ICC secretariat.
As at December 2008, there were 64 NHRIs accredited with A Status by the ICC , i.e. in compliance with the Paris Principles. The following link provides access to the calendar of ICC accreditation reviews (2009-2013). Summaries of NHRIs that have undergone accreditation in the past are all available through www.nhri.net .