“The NCHR informed the SCA that due to the recent selection and appointment process that lasted three months, its annual reports from 2020 to 2022 were not published. The NCHR indicated that it has prepared a consolidated report for the period December 2020 to June 2023 which was translated into English and published on its website. 

The SCA emphasizes the importance for a NHRI to prepare, publicize and widely distribute an annual report on its national situation with regard to human rights in general, and on more specific matters. This report should include an account of the activities undertaken by the NHRI to further its mandate during that year and should state its opinions, recommendations, and proposals to address any human rights issues of concern. 

The SCA considers it important that the enabling laws of an NHRI establish a process whereby the institution’s reports are required to be widely circulated, discussed, and considered by the legislature. Where an NHRI has made an application for accreditation or, re-accreditation, it will be required to submit a current annual report, that is, one from the preceding year’s reporting period. 

The SCA finds it difficult to assess the effectiveness of a National Institution and its compliance with the Paris Principles in the absence of regular annual reports. The SCA acknowledges that the NCHR is taking actions to ensure its annual and thematic reports are regularly prepared and published. 

The SCA recommends that the NCHR ensures the preparation and publication of regular thematic and its annual reports in a regular and timely manner. 

The SCA refers to Paris Principle A.3 and to its General Observation 1.11 on ‘Annual reports of NHRIs’.”