The role of national human rights institutions in the domestic implementation of African human rights decisions

Without implementation human rights risk being rendered illusory, thus the need to strategise for implementation via selected actors. The peculiarity of NHRIs lies in their placement at the intersection of government and civil society. Although established by the state, NHRIs are not state organs and ideally should be independent of influence. This paper examines the role of NHRIs in the implementation of African human rights decisions with reference to selected cases. First, a review of the typologies of African NHRIs and the theoretical basis for NHRIs’ role in the facilitation of implementation. Then, a determination of the strategies that have been and can be adopted towards ensuring the implementation of decisions. The paper further interrogates the relationship between NHRIs and other domestic actors vis-a-vis the adjudicating bodies and how that impacts the implementation discourse. The research will mostly be desktop based and will employ comparative analysis.