“The SCA notes that the CHRC has engaged in some cooperation with the international human rights system, including participating in the CERD session in April 2022 and in Human Rights Council Sessions in 2022 and 2023, but is of the view that efforts in this regard could be increased.

The Paris Principles recognise that monitoring and engaging with the international human rights system, in particular the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms (Special Procedures and Universal Periodic Review) and the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies, can be an effective tool for NHRIs in the promotion and protection of human rights domestically.

Depending on existing domestic priorities and resources, effective engagement with the international human rights system may include:

– submitting parallel or shadow reports to the Universal Periodic Review, Special Procedure mechanisms and Treaty Bodies Committees;

– monitoring and promoting the implementation of relevant recommendations originating from the human rights system.

While it is appropriate for governments to consult with NHRIs in the preparation of a state’s reports to human rights mechanisms, NHRIs should neither prepare the country report nor should they report on behalf of the government. NHRIs must maintain their independence and, where they have the capacity to provide information to human rights mechanisms, do so in their own right.

The SCA encourages the CHRC to provide information to human rights mechanisms in its own right and systematically submit parallel reports. The SCA refers to Paris Principle A.3 (d) and (e) and to its General Observation 1.4 on ‘Interaction with the international human rights system’.”