The Independent National Commission on Human Rights of Liberia (INCHR) has received ‘A’ status accreditation from the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).
According to a release, the accreditation comes after a period of application, assessment and observation by GANHRI and other national human rights institutions (NHRIs).
GANHRI is the governing body of all NHRIs. The organization is based at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.
The chairman of GANHRI, Dr. Beate Rudolf, said the accreditation is a reflection of the hard work that the INCHR of Liberia has put into the process by ensuring that Liberia fully complies with the UN Paris Principles for NHRIs.
In his message of congratulations to Atty. Bartholomew B. Colley, acting chairperson of the commission, Dr. Rudolf, who is also the director for the German Institute for Human Rights, said that the Liberia human rights body has shown commitment in the promotion and protection of human rights in and by Liberia since it was founded in 2005.
By receipt of the ‘A’ status accreditation, the commission’s membership status with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) has moved to voting member as required by Article 24.1 of the GANHRI statutes.
The commission can now vote at GANHRI meetings, and also stand for positions in GANHRI’s governance structures.
The INCHR is already a full member of the continental governing body for NHRIs, the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI).