“The SCA notes with appreciation and acknowledges the efforts the NCHR has made to increase its engagement with regional and international human rights systems. 

The SCA emphasizes that monitoring and engaging with the international human rights system, in particular the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms (Special Procedures and UPR) 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: 

a) submitting parallel or shadow reports to the UPR, Special Procedure mechanisms and Treaty Bodies; 

b) making statements during debates before review bodies and the Human Rights Council; 

c) assisting, facilitating and participating in country visits by United Nations experts, including special procedures mandate holders, treaty bodies, fact finding missions and commissions of inquiry; and 

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

The SCA encourages the NCHR to engage wherever possible and in accordance with their own strategic priorities.”