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 2017. 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 first guide on Disarmament, Demobilisation, and Reintegration: A Guide for National Human Rights Institutions has been completed. The NIHRC has also committed to provide training on each of these guides and holding three events annually.


The NIHRC has a dedicated staff member - Daniel Morris - who runs the CFNHRI on a day-to-day basis.

Daniel visited the NHRIs of Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa to discuss the work of the CFNHRI in March 2016. He is currently producing a guide on the UPR process, supporting the focal points, and liaising with members.

He is available to contact at