“The HRCSL Act is silent on the institution’s engagement with the international human rights system. The SCA acknowledges that the HRCSL has engaged with the international human rights system to a substantial degree, and has established an international affairs division to coordinate interactions with international human rights mechanisms. The HRCSL further indicates that it is reviewing various treaties to assess the potential for the State to accede to additional instruments, considering that the State has ratified all core human rights treaties.

The SCA recognizes that monitoring and engaging with the international human rights system, in particular the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms (Special Procedures and Universal Periodic Review) and the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies, can be an effective tool for NHRIs in the promotion and protection of human rights domestically.

The SCA highlights that effective engagement with the international human rights system may include monitoring and promoting the implementation of relevant recommendations originating from the human rights system.

The SCA encourages the HRCSL to continue its engagement with the international human rights system and to advocate for amendments to the HRCSL Act to provide it with the explicit mandate to interact with the international human rights system.

The SCA refers to Paris Principles A.3(d) and (e) and to its General Observation 1.4 on ‘Interaction with the international human rights system’.”