“The SCA notes that the term of office of the former Chief Commissioner ended on November 29, 2022, and that the Deputy Chief Commissioner assumed interim functions on November 30, 2022. The CHRC reports that the interim status of the acting Chief Commissioner has not affected its ability
to discharge its mandate.
The SCA recommends that the CHRC advocates for a timely selection and appointment that ensures
continuity in the leadership in line with the minimum standards of independence, effectiveness and
continuity of an NHRI. Such selection and appointment process should include a clear, transparent,
and participatory process that promotes merit-based selection and ensures pluralism.
The SCA is of the view that there is a need to maintain the permanency and institutional independence of an NHRI.
The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.1 and to its General Observation 1.8 on ‘Selection and appointment of the decision-making body of NHRIs’.”