“The SCA has been made aware of publicly available information on a case involving an allegation of sexual harassment against the Chairperson of the CHRC. The SCA is concerned that the CHRC currently has no policy in place to address allegations of sexual harassment and protect victims. Maintaining integrity and credibility is a key factor to ensure the effectiveness of an NHRI and affects its real and perceived independence and accessibility.

The SCA urges the CHRC to take measures to ensure that its response to the allegation does not compromise its ability to carry out its mandate nor its credibility.

The SCA welcomes that a policy regarding sexual harassment is currently being developed by the CHRC. The SCA strongly encourages the CHRC to expedite the development and effective implementation of policies and processes to address allegations of sexual harassment and protect victims of sexual harassment.”