“The SOO reported that it carries out activities relating to encouraging ratification of human rights instruments. However, the SCA notes that its enabling Law does not explicitly vest the SOO with this function.

The SCA is of the view that encouraging ratification of, or accession to, regional and international human rights instruments, and the monitoring of the effective implementation of those instruments to which the State is a party, is a key function of an NHRI.

While acknowledging that the SOO carries out such functions in practice, the SCA encourages it to continue interpreting its mandate in a broad manner and to advocate for the appropriate amendments to its enabling law in order to have an explicit mandate to encourage ratification or accession to regional and international human rights instruments.

The SCA refers to Paris Principle A.3(c) and to its General Observation 1.3 on ‘Encouraging ratification or accession to international human rights instruments’.”