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"A status" accreditation for Jordan, New Zealand and Thailand

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Jordan and New Zealand have retained their “A status” accreditation, while Thailand has been upgraded from “B status” to “A status”.

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The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions’ (GANHRI’s) Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) has released the report from its March 2022 session, which was held virtually. 

Sixteen national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from all four regions were assessed by the SCA to determine their compliance with the Paris Principles, the international standards for NHRIs to be considered credible and to operate effectively.

Five APF member institutions were reviewed during the session. The NHRIs of Jordan and New Zealand had their "A status" accreditation re-endorsed by the SCA, while Thailand was upgraded from “B status” to “A status”. 

In its report, the SCA commended the efforts of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT) to protect and promote human rights. The upgrade to “A status” followed a significant investment from the NHRCT to strengthen its legal mandate and address the SCA recommendations made during its last review in December 2020.

The National Centre for Human Rights of Jordan was also commended for its commitment to human rights in the challenging context within which it operates, while the New Zealand Human Rights Commission was acknowledged for its work advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in New Zealand. 

The Australian Human Rights Commission had its review deferred for 18 months, which will allow it to address some outstanding concerns with the selection and appointment process for commissioners.

"A status" NHRIs can participate independently at the United Nations Human Rights Council and its related mechanisms. Those in the Asia Pacific region are eligible for full membership of the APF, while "B status" institutions are eligible for associate membership.

Further information about the accreditation process can be found here

Date: 31 May 2022

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  1. United Nations, Geneva - APF/James Iliffe