The study seeks to establish the state of NHRIs in Africa, in relation to their role and capacity to promote and protect human rights. The study highlights best practice, constraints and recommends policy options for NHRIs, Governments, as well as regional networks and development partners.
The study is based on the internationally agreed Principles Relating to the Status of National Institutions (“Paris Principles”), which are broadly accepted as the benchmark against which a NHRIs’ legitimacy and credibility is
assessed. The Principles, endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1993, provide an NHRI with clear guidelines in terms of their competence and responsibilities, composition and guarantees of independence and pluralism, methods of operation, as well as additional principles concerning the status of commissions with quasi-jurisdictional competence.