A newly-established national human rights institution (NHRI) can apply for accreditation with the International Coordinating Committee for National Human Rights Institutions for the Promotion and protection of Human Rights (ICC). Accreditation assesses the extent to which an NHRI meets the minimum standards as set out in the Paris Principles. Accreditation by the ICC can help strengthen the credibility of a national human rights institution.
National human rights can be accredited as ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ status.
‘A’ Status National institutions comply fully with the Paris Principles and are admitted as full members of NANHRI. They have the right to vote at the ordinary and extra-ordinary sessions of the General Assembly and seek elective office of the Network. They also exercise administrative and decision making authority over the Network.
‘B’ Status National institutions are those which strive to comply with the Paris Principles within a period of not more than two years. They are admitted as associate members of NANHRI and, can take part in the General Assembly session but they cannot vote or seek elective positions.
‘C’ Status National institutions are non-compliant with the Paris Principles. They are admitted as observer members of NANHRI. They too can take part in the General Assembly session but they cannot vote or seek elective positions.
The Member Accreditation List can be found here: ACCREDITATION FOR AFRICAN NHRIS 2016