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Human Rights Tools for a Changing World - National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

This chapter covers national human rights institutions or NHRIs. These are governmental bodies with a constitutional or legislative mandate to protect and promote human rights. They are part of the national government structure and are funded by the government, but they operate and function independently from government. This chapter provides an overview of the types of NHRIs, the certification and oversight of NHRIs, and ways in which advocates can engage with NHRIs.