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Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155357

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155357.001.0001

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National Human Rights Institutions

National Human Rights Institutions

(p.164) 10 National Human Rights Institutions
Making Human Rights a Reality

Emilie M. Hafner-Burton

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores how engagement with national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can lead to localization. It first describes the different types of NHRIs, including ombudsmen and human rights commissions, and puts them into perspective. It then considers how NHRIs could actually help localize foreign stewardship for human rights promotion and highlights some of the challenges they present, along with some strategies for navigating those difficulties. It also examines how NHRIs and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) interact, paying attention to the benefits of cooperation and the problems that arise from an adversarial and even competitive relationship. Compared to NGOs, NHRIs are particularly intriguing because they have formal roles in national governance processes, and thus might be particularly effective conduits between international pressures and national policy and behavior.

Keywords:   national human rights institutions, localization, ombudsmen, human rights commissions, stewardship, human rights promotion, nongovernmental organizations, human rights

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