“The HRCSL informed the SCA of the gender balance within its staff complement, with 48% of the staff being women. The SCA notes that 77% of the HRCSL staff are from the Sinhala ethnic group. The HRCSL reported that it is formulating a comprehensive gender inclusion policy to guide pluralism and diversity within its staff.

The SCA notes that the HRCSL Act is silent on the requirement for a pluralistic and diverse composition of the HRCSL staff, including linguistic and ethnic representation.

The SCA emphasizes that a diverse decision-making and staff body facilitates an NHRI’s appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates and promotes the accessibility of the NHRI for all citizens. The SCA encourages the HRCSL to continue to establish measures to support pluralism and diversity.

The SCA refers to Paris Principles B.1 and to its General Observation 1.7 on ‘Ensuring pluralism of the NHRI’.”