“The HRCSL informed the SCA that it interacts and engages with civil society organizations using its mandate to receive complaints and petitions from individuals.

The SCA is of the view that regular and constructive engagement with all relevant stakeholders is essential for NHRIs to effectively fulfil their mandate. NHRIs should develop, formalize and maintain working relationships with human rights defenders, as well as a wide range of civil society organizations.

The SCA encourages the HRCSL to continue engaging with civil society organizations and human rights defenders. The SCA recommends that the HRCSL strengthen and formalize these relationships.

 The SCA refers to Paris Principles C(f) and (g) and to its General Observation 1.5 on ‘Cooperation with other human rights bodies’.”