Date: 
Thursday 6 October 2016

On 29 September 2016, the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council adopted its annual resolution on ‘National institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights’. The resolution was sponsored by Australia and co-sponsored by 64 other UN members States.

  • Human Rights Council resolution - National institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights

The Australian Human Rights Commission commends Australia for sponsoring this resolution annually at the Human Rights Council and its continued support for national human rights institutions (NHRIs) at United Nations mechanisms.

This year’s Human Rights Council resolution welcomed the valuable participation and contribution of NHRIs to all relevant UN mechanisms including the Commission on the Status of Women, the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing. The resolution also welcomed the Merida Declaration and the role of NHRIs in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Commission notes that this year’s resolution recognises “the importance of the independent voice of national human rights institutions in promoting and protecting all human rights”. The resolution also urges States to thoroughly investigate any cases of alleged reprisal or intimidation against NHRIs or those who cooperate with them.

The Commission welcomes the recognition that NHRIs have an important role engaging with human rights treaty bodies and with mechanisms of the Human Rights Council. In particular, the resolution commends “the increasing engagement of national human rights institutions at all stages of the universal periodic review mechanism, and encourages national human rights institutions to monitor, promote and support the implementation of accepted recommendations in their respective national contexts”.

A full list of adopted resolutions and decisions of the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council will be made available here.