“In accordance with Article 4 (17) of the INCHR Act, INCHR is required to prepare and submit annual reports to the heads of the three branches of Government. The Act does not require Parliament to consider and debate the report. The SCA notes that in practice, the INCHR annual reports are debated in plenary by the Senate while the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights is responsible for oversighting and following up on implementation of recommendations from INCHR Reports. 

It is important that the enabling law establish a process whereby the NHRIs reports are required to be publicly circulated, and tabled, discussed, and considered by the legislature. It is preferable for an NHRI to have the explicit power to table reports directly in the legislature, rather than through the Executive, and in doing so to promote action on them. 

The SCA recommends that the INCHR continue to advocate for amendments to its law to ensure that Parliament consider and debates its reports. 

The SCA refers to Paris Principle A.3 and to its General Observation 1.11 on ‘Annual reports of NHRIs’.”