“The enabling law of IHROBH provides for a limited promotion mandate. The SCA acknowledges that the IHROBH has proposed amendments to its Law to more explicitly mandate it with promotional functions. If adopted, the pending amendments would address this concern.
The SCA understands ‘promotion’ to include those functions that seek to create a society where human rights are more broadly understood and respected. Such functions may include education, training, advising, public outreach and advocacy.
Further, the SCA notes that the IHROBH is not explicitly mandated with responsibility to encourage ratification and implementation of international standards. While acknowledging the activities the IHROBH undertakes in this regard in practice, the SCA encourages the IHROBH to advocate for amendments to its enabling law to make this mandate explicit.”