“Pursuant to Art.10 paragraph 1 of the Law the Ombudsmen are appointed for a six-year renewable term. The Law is silent on the number of times a member can be re-appointed, which leaves open the possibility of unlimited tenure.

To promote institutional independence, the SCA is of the view that it would be preferable for the term of office to be limited to one re-appointment.

The SCA recommends that the IHROBH continues to advocate for amendments to its enabling legislation to provide for such limits on the term of office. The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.3 and to its General Observation 2.2 on ‘Full-time members of an NHRI’.”