“The SCA welcomes the work of DPB in the promotion of human rights through its programmes in schools, in relation to health issues, as well as with vulnerable groups such as indigenous peoples, afro-descendants, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTIQ+, among others.

The SCA notes that the NHRI mandate to promote and protect human rights must be defined as broadly as possible so as to give the public the protection of a wide range of international human rights standards.

The SCA encourages the DPB to continue interpreting its mandate in a broad manner and to continue advocating for the passage of the amendments to its enabling legislation to give it a more comprehensive mandate, including access to public documents that will allow the DPB to assess situations raising human rights issues.

The SCA refers to Paris Principle A.1 and A.2 and to its General Observation 1.2 on ‘Human rights mandate’.”