“The HRCSL reports it has undertaken various activities to address human rights concerns around civil and political rights particularly regarding enforced disappearances, torture, arbitrary detention, harassment, and disproportionate use of force by the Police and other security personnel.

 The SCA acknowledges these efforts and recommends that the HRCSL continue to strengthen its work to address all human rights violations including violence and discrimination, custodial deaths, torture and enforced disappearance. The HRCSL is also encouraged to develop and strengthen mechanisms for the protection of victims and witnesses.

The SCA also recommends that the HRCSL takes proactive steps to ensure it is accessible to the wider community, including regions in the North and East of the country. The SCA highlights that to promote independence and accessibility, an NHRI should establish a permanent regional presence, where possible. NHRIs are required to promote and ensure respect for all human rights, democratic principles, and the strengthening of the rule of law in all circumstances, and without exception. Where serious violations of human rights are imminent, NHRIs are expected to conduct themselves with vigilance and independence. In fulfilling its protection mandate, an NHRI must not only monitor, investigate, and report on the human rights situation in the country, it should also undertake rigorous and systematic follow-up activities to promote and advocate for the implementation of its recommendations and findings, and the protection of those whose rights were found to be violated.

The SCA refers to Paris Principles A.1, A.2, A.3, B.2 and D(d) and to its General Observations 1.6 on ‘Recommendations by NHRIs’ and 1.10 on ‘Adequate funding of NHRIs’.”