“Article 36a of the Law mandates the IHROBH to hold regular and topical consultations with civil society organizations. The IHROBH reports that it regularly cooperates with civil society organizations. However, the SCA notes that the extent of this cooperation could be further improved to include more proactive outreach to a broad range of civil society organisations, including on issues relating to health and environmental rights.

The SCA is of the view that regular and constructive engagement with all relevant stakeholders is essential for NHRIs to effectively fulfil their mandate. NHRIs should develop, formalize, and maintain working relationships a wide range of civil society organizations. The SCA encourages the IHROBH to continue and strengthen its cooperation with a wide range of civil society organizations and human rights defenders. The SCA refers to Paris Principles C(f) and (g) and to its General Observation 1.5 on ‘Cooperation with other human rights bodies’.”