The GNCHR is the independent advisory body to the State specialised in human rights issues.

It has been established and is functioning in accordance with the UN Paris Principles.


GNCHR Oral Statement on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Greece delivered by Dr. Katerina Charokopou and Ms Eva Tzavala, GNCHR Human Rights/Legal Officers during the 79th Virtual Pre-Sessional Working Group of the CEDAW Committee (9 November 2020).

 Racist Violence Recording Network: Justice shields the rule of law and human rights in Greece

GNCHR President, Professor Maria Gavouneli, on a video statement regarding the urgent humanitarian situation after the devastating fire at Moria Camp, Lesvos island, Greece, during the 45th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council   


GNCHR Statement on the fire in Moria and the day after


GNCHR President, Maria Gavouneli for the webinar series "Effective implementation of Judgements of the ECtHR"

Professor Maria Gavouneli, President of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR), explains why NHRIs should support the implementation of ECtHR judgements and how ENNHRI webinar series can help them intervene in the process.

Statement on the reported practices of push backs


Press Release: Hearing of public authorities and persons on refugee and migrant issues during the meeting of the Third Sub - Commission of the GNCHR

Communication on the assessment of the level of compliance of the Greek Strate with GNCHR's recommendations on ECtHR judgement Chowdury and Others v. Greece (Manolada case)

 Domestic Violence in the time of coronavirus: Women's organizations share their experience


The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) presents its Annual Report, which analyses findings of racist violence and hate crime across Greece in 2019

Report on the need for protection of human rights with regard to the measures taken in response to the coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic and recommendations to the State

 GNCHR's Observations on Draft Law of Ministry for Migration and Asylum "Improvement of migration legislation, amendments of provisions of Laws 4636/2019, 4375/2016, 4251/2014 and other provisions"

Summary in English

 GNCHR Statement: Reviewing asylum and immigration policies and safeguarding human rights at the EU borders


Press Release: "In Samos, the system has collapsed"



Racist Violence Recording Network: Justice to uphold the Rule of Law in Greece



GNCHR National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) meeting with the UN Working Group for Arbitrary Detention (Athens, 2.12.2019). The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will carry out an official visit to Greece from 2 to 13 December 2019, to assess the country's situation regarding deprivation of liberty.  


Professor Maria Gavouneli, President of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR), talking about the work of the NHRI in combatting forced labour and human trafficking (ENNHRI Annual Conference, Brussels 14.11.2019). Watch the video


Annual Conference of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions - ENNHRI (Brussels 14 November 2019). The Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) represented by its President Professor Maria Gavouneli. 


GNCHR at the International Conference on Protection of Rights of the Migrant Workers (Kathmandu, Nepal, 12-14 November 2019), a conference gathering more than 100 migration experts from National Human Rights Institutions, international organisations, states, civil society organisations and academia. GNCHR legal officer Eva Tzavala represented the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) at the Conference and presented its Oral Statement.

GNCHR Statement on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants (Mexico City, 12 &13 November 2019). The Statement was delivered by GNCHR legal officer Dr. Anna - Irene Baka. 



 Press Release: Racist Violence Recording Network expresses concern over xenophobic reactions against refugees


Statement by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) to the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises global consultation on the role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in facilitating access to remedy for business related human rights abuses

GNCHR's Recommendations on Refugee Protection 

Announcement: The GNCHR on the unsettling situation in the Eastern Aegean islands and the recent asylum developments

Greek National Commission for Human Rights - Information relevant to the implementation of the Convention against Torture - Submission to the UN Committee against Torture in response to the List of Issues with regard to the Report of Greece


Maria Gavouneli elected as the new President of the GNCHR

Vice Presidents Yiannis Ioannidis and Ellie Varchalama on the new Board







Announcement of the resignation of the President of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights, George Stavropoulos


GNCHR participation at the Global Alliance of National Human Rights’ Institutions (GANHRI) 2019 Annual Conference, 4-7 March, Geneva, Palais des Nations. The GNCHR is being represented by the GNCHR’s First Vice President, Prof. Maria Gavouneli, and the GNCHR’s Legal Officer, Ms Eva Tzavala.

GNCHR participation at the European Network of National Human Rights’ Institutions’ (ENNHRI) Legal Working Group, 25-26 February, hosted by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC). The GNCHR was represented by the GNCHR’s Legal Officer, Dr Anna Irene Baka. 

GNCHR adopts the Mytilini Declaration for the Dignified Treatment of all the Missing and Deceased Persons and their Families as a consequence of Migrant Journeys

The GNCHR recognising the importance of the UN Expert’s Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Economic Reforms (14.2.2019)

Translation of 2 new ECtHR factshees

Συνοδευόμενοι ανήλικοι μετανάστες υπό κράτηση / Accompanied migrant minors in detention

Ασυνόδευτοι ανήλικοι μετανάστες υπό κράτηση / Unaccompanied migrant minors in detention 

Statement: GNCHR Statement on complaints regarding informal push-backs at the region of Evros (29.11.2018)

Human Rights Education 

First Cycle of GNCHR Seminars

Invitation to the GNCHR Seminars [in Greek language]

GNCHR Seminars Program [in Greek language]

National Human Rights Institutions' (NHRIs') important role in promoting and protecting the rights of Human Rights Defenders

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General Assembly & Annual Conference

24-25th October 2018

Athens, Greece

StatementThe GNCHR expresses its deep concerns about the situation in the Reception Centers of the Eastern Aegean islands and, especially, of Moria in Lesvos (15.10.2018)

ECtHR, Chowdury and others v. Greece:

Recommendations for the full compliance of the Greek State with the ECtHR judgment (27.8.2018)

Press Release 

Statement for the loss of Alice Yotopoulos-Marangopoulos (31.8.2018)

New ECtHR's Factsheet translated in Greek (August 2018)

Δουλεία, ειλωτεία και αναγκαστική εργασία / Slavery, servitude and forced labour

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights at the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (25.6.2018)

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GNCHR Observations on the draft law of the Ministry for Migration Policy with regard to the amendment of asylum procedures (7.5.2018) [Excerpts]

New ECtHR's Factsheet translated in Greek (April 2018)

Αντίρρηση Συνείδησης / Consientious Objection

Submission of the Annual Report 2017 of the Racist Violence Recording Network to the President of the Hellenic Parliament (19.4.2018)

Presentation of the Annual Report 2017 of the Racist Violence Recording Network (28.3.2018)

  • The Invitation to the Press Release is available here 
  • The Press Release is available here 
  • The Annual Report 2017 is available here

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The GNCHR translates in Greek the Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (The Paris Principles) (22.3.2018)

The GNCHR publishes a List of International and European Conventions on Human Rights (22.3.2018)

GNCHR Statement [in Greek] on the need for effective protection of the freedom of artistic expression and creation (19.3.2018)

Submission of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) on the draft Declaration of Copenhagen, in view of the preparation of the fifth conference on the reform of the Convention system (2018)

GNCHR release for the meeting organized by the GNCHR on Tuesday, 20th February 2018, for the hearing of national stakeholders regarding the Problems of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants (20.2.2018)

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New ECtHR's Factsheet translated in Greek (February 2018)

Ρητορική μίσους / Hate speech 

Invitation of the GNCHR President to all stakeholders participating in the GNCHR to designate members

GNCHR Report on the condition of Reception and Asylum system in GREECE

15 January 2018: Meeting of the President of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) Mr. Georgios Stavropoulos with the President and Members of the National Human Rights Committee of the State of Qatar, at the GNCHR premises.

High Commissioner’s message, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the UDHR

OHCHR’s campaign, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UDHR 

Presentation of the GNCHR 2016 annual report at the Greek Parliament (7.11.2017)


Submission by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) to the UN Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, Professor Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky : Guidance on human rights impact assessments for economic reform policies (31.7.2017)


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Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance

and Discrimination against Muslims: Addressing Islamophobia through Education

  Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR)

List of International and European Conventions on Human Rights

(Updated: April 2019)

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Financial Crisis, Austerity Measures and Human Rights 

NCHR on Financial Crisis

International and European Institutions on the Crisis in Greece



Asylum and Migration

NCHR on Asylum and Migration




Operational Platform for Roma Equality – OPRE  


Evictions of Roma and Travellers in Europe – joint declaration by the Council of Europe, FRA, OSCE/BIDDH, OHCHR, ENNHRI and Equinet, partners of the “OPRE” platform (29.6.2016)




 NHRI Water Initiative, WaterLex


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