“The founding law is silent on pluralistic representation and gender balance within the Board of Commissioners of Komnas HAM. The current board comprises of seven members with only one being a woman. Komnas HAM reports that a new board, comprising of nine members of which three are women, has been selected and awaiting presidential validation. In the previous review of Komnas HAM, the SCA expressed concern about the lack of pluralism in the governing body and, in particular, the low representation of women.
The SCA emphasizes that a diverse decision-making body facilitates the NHRI’s appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates, and promotes accessibility of the NHRI for all its citizens. Pluralism refers to broader representation of national society. Consideration must be given to ensuring pluralism in the context of gender, ethnicity or minority status. This includes ensuring the equitable participation of women in the NHRI.
The SCA recommends Komnas HAM to take steps to ensure pluralism in its membership composition, including through the selection and appointment process.”