National Human Rights Institutions

Since 1995, RWI has contributed to strengthening the human rights, operational and functional capacity of over 50 National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) around the world, so they could fulfil their mandate to promote and protect human rights.  Over the years, the Institute has developed a unique model for capacity building of NHRIs that focuses on all facets of the institution, starting from a base level of ensuring basic operational and human rights knowledge capacities, all the way up to its functional capacities leading towards international accreditation.  With a new and long-overdue NHRI now operational in Sweden, find out more about the role and function of these vital institutions, as well as RWI’s long history of helping to develop them.

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Josh Ounsted

Josh Ounsted

Leader of Access to Justice Thematic Area

Phone: +46 46 222 12 00

Josh is Head of the Thematic Area ‘Access to Justice’.

He previously served as the Director of the RWI Regional Office in Nairobi and before that as Director of the Institute’s Office in Jakarta. Prior to working for RWI, he worked for organisations including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights.

Read more: Our work with NHRI’s

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