This is a list of publications within the subject of National Human Rights Institutions. 
You would be able to order them from the publishers (Direct links where possible, some publichers have online pdf versions).


Books, Papers

  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) – New UN handbook on HIV and Human Rights for National Human Rights Institutions, 2007, [48 pp], HR/PUB/07/3, United Nations Publication, Sales No. E.07.XIV.12, ISBN 978-92-1-154181-6.

    Download here 

  • National Human Rights Institutions - Pathways for Pacific States, Pacific Human Rights Issues/ Series: 1, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat & New Zealand Human Rights Commission, 2007, [48 pp], ISBN:978-0-478-28632-8

    Download here

  • Омбудсмены Мира, [Ombudsmen of the World],  Authorized Person of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Human Rights (Ombudsman), 2006 [383 pp], ISBN -5-89890-125-6

    Download here (Russian)

  • The Evolution of National Human Rights Institution, Anna-Elina Pohjolainen, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2006, [164 pp], ISBN 87-90744-97-7

    Download here

  • Nationale Menschenrechtsinstitutionen - Ein Beitrag zur nationalen Implementierung von Menschenrechten, Valentin Aichele, Peter Lang Verlagsgruppe, 2003, [pp 225], ISBN 3-631-51551-0 

  • Nationale Menschenrechtsinstitutionen in Europa, Valentin Aichele, Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte, 2004, [51 pp]. ISBN: 3-937714-02-2

    Download here (German)

  • Defining The Role Of National Human Rights Institutions With Regard To The United Nations, Legal Report Series (36), 2004, Mu’taz Qafisheh, PhD Candidate in International Law, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva

    This paper was published by the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights.


    English     Arabic 

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of National Human Rights Institutions © 2005, [43 p.] ISBN 2-940259-67-4


    This practical report proposes detailed benchmarks to evaluate national institutions' compliance with the Paris Principles, and suggests how national institutions may use indicators to measure their performance and impact. It is co-published by the International Council on Human Rights Policy and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.


    To download:


    The report in English:


    The report in French:


    The report in Spanish:

    The report in Arabic: (NEW)

  • Mustafa Mari, al-hay'a al-falastiniya al-mostaqila lihoquq al-mowatin: fi dou' al-ma'ayeer al-wataniya lihoquq al-insan, (The Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights: In light of the International Standards pertaining to National Human Rights Institutions),(2000), Ramallah, PICCR, (Arabic).

  • National Human Rights Commissions and Internally Displaced Persons: Illustrated by the Sri Lankan Experience (An Occasional Paper), Mario Gomez, The Brookings - SAIS Project on Internal Displacement, (July 2002)

  • National Human Rights Institutions - Amnesty International's recommendations for effective protection and promotion of human rights (PDF October 2001)

  • National Human Rights Institutions - Best Practice,(2001) Commonwealth Secretariat.

  • National Human Rights Institutions - A Handbook on the establishment and Strengthening of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, Professional Training Series No. 4, United Nations, 1995 

  • National Human Rights Institutions, Articles and working papers, Input to the discussions 
    of the establishment and development of the functions of national human rights institutions, Birgit Lindsnaes, Lone Lindholt, Kristine Yigen (eds.), 
    The Danish Centre for Human Rights
    , ISBN: 87-90744-18-7

    Read full book here (Size 1,476 Mb - English PDF)

  • National Human Rights Institutions in the Asia-Pacific: A Source Book, ,  Chiongson, Rea A., Sembrano, Gilbert V, and Patricia-Provido, Dehlma,(eds.),(2001), Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, the Philippines, ISBN: 971-8899-09-X

  • National Ombudsmen: Collecation of legislation from 27 countries,(September 1998), Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection of Poland, Warsaw. 

  • Performance & legitimacy: national human rights institutions, International Council on Human Rights Policy, 2000

  • Protectors or Pretenders? Government Human Rights Commission in Africa, Human Rights Watch, 2001

  • The Role of Canadian expertise and resources - working with National Human Rights Institutions overseas, Canadian Human Rights Foundation, 1998

  • United Nations Action in the Field of Human Rights, United Nations, 1988


Reports from Conferences, Workshops ect.



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