The Commonwealth Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (CFNHRI) is an informal and inclusive body of Commonwealth National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and other national accountability mechanisms with a human rights mandate.

The Terms of Reference of the CFNHRI are available here.


The Chair

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) is the incumbent Chair of the CFNHRI. It took the Chair in November 2015 and its term runs until early 2018. The previous two chairs of the CFNHRI were the Human Rights Commissions of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and Australia. As Chair, the NIHRC has committed to producing a guide on:

  • Post-conflict, reconciliation and human rights
  • The UPR process
  • Human rights based approaches for good governance
  • Business and human rights

The guide on Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration: A Guide for National Human Rights Institutions has been completed, in addition to the Guide to the UPR Process and Guidance on How to Run a NHRI. The NIHRC has also committed to provide training on each of these guides and holding three events annually.