“The SCA notes that the mandate of the IHROBH does not encompass the acts or omissions of private entities beyond its anti-discrimination mandate. The IHROBH reported that, in practice, it does address human rights violations by private entities through the positive obligation of the State to prevent human rights violations, including by private actors. It also reported that when it receives complaints in respect of private entities, it references the complaints to the relevant bodies.

 The SCA encourages the IHROBH to further develop its work in addressing private entities and recommends that the IHROBH advocate for a mandate that explicitly includes the ability to address all human rights violations resulting from the acts and omissions of private entities.

The SCA refers to Paris Principles A.1, A.2, and A.3 and to its General Observation 1.2 ‘Human rights mandate’”