Functions of the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution

The Norwegian National Human Rights Institution (NIM) is an independent public body established by the Norwegian Parliament in 2015 to strengthen the implementation of human rights in Norway.

NIM has a legislative mandate to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Norway; advise the Norwegian authorities on their human rights obligations; raise public awareness about human rights; promote human rights education, training and research; and facilitate national and international cooperation on human rights.

National Human Rights Institutions play an important role in the effective implementation of human rights, often acting as a bridge-builder between the international community, the State, civil society and other actors. NIM makes regular submissions to Norwegian parliamentary hearings and consultation processes regarding legislation that may impact on human rights. We also participate in various international human rights mechanisms and monitor the implementation of their recommendations. Additionally, NIM submits an annual report to the Parliament and produces thematic reports on a wide range of human rights issues.

NIM has ‘A status’ accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), which means we comply with the requirements of independence, impartiality and integrity under the Paris Principles.