Status–A National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) have special rights to participate in international human rights mechanisms (IHRM), which to a large extent serve as basis for a country’s human rights situation assessment. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to review the status of these institutions on realistic grounds, assessing not only the legal framework governing NHRI status and competences, but also their implementation in practice.
The Analysis of the Work of the Protector of Citizens (Ombudsman) of the Republic of Serbia, with special focus on the implementation of the Paris Principles, was conducted with the aim to assess this institution’s capacities to ensure the implementation of international human rights standards.
The Ombudsman of the Republic of Serbia was awarded Status A in 2010 and was reconfirmed in 2015. This status will be reviewed again by the Sub-Committee on Accreditation in 2020.
The aim of this analysis sets the timeframe of the research to the Ombudsman’s work from 2015 onward, for each year, inclusive of September 2019. The analysis will be looking at the fulfilment of the Paris Principles and General Observations produced by the GANHRI Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) and adopted by the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (hereinafter: “General Observations”), with latest amendments in February 2018, serving as an instrument for the interpretation of Paris Principles.
Such an analysis was set taking into consideration that according to the Rules of Procedure for the GANHRI Sub-Committee on Accreditation, this authority is in charge of developing General Observations to assess whether a NHRI is compliant with the Paris Principles.