“Section 24.1 of the GIHR Statutes outlines how members of the Board of Trustees are selected and appointed through a number of different appointing bodies, including the GIHR General Assembly, the German Federal Parliament, and representatives of civil society organizations. The SCA notes that the selection and appointment process led by the Federal Parliament does not allow for the advertisement of vacancies. While noting that the current Board of Trustees of the GIHR is pluralistic, the SCA reiterates its view that advertising vacancies broadly maximises the potential number of candidates, thereby promoting pluralism.
The GIHR reported to the SCA that, in the context of the upcoming renewal of the Board of Trustees, the GIHR has written to the President of the Federal Parliament and to the Federal Parliament Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid to remind them of the requirements under the Paris Principles, namely to advertise vacancies broadly. The GIHR informed the SCA that it will continue to submit this issue in its engagement with the Federal Parliament, also taking the opportunity that the Federal Parliament has started a process of revising its rules of procedure.
The assessment of applicants based on pre-determined, objective, and publicly available criteria, promotes the merit-based appointment of candidates, limits the capacity for undue interference in the selection process, and serves to ensure the appropriate management and effectiveness of the NHRI.
The SCA encourages the GIHR to continue to advocate for the formalization and application of a consistent and uniform process that includes requirements to publicize vacancies broadly, including in the context of the Federal Parliament’s ongoing process of revising its rules of procedures.
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’.”