“According to Article 15 (1) of the INCHR Law, the Chairperson and Commissioners shall hold office for six and five years, respectively. The INCHR Law is silent on the number of times the Chairperson and the Commissioner can be re-appointed, leaving the possibility open for unlimited tenure. 

The SCA notes information from the INCHR that it has proposed amendments to the INCHR Law to limit to one reappointment. 

The SCA is of the view that an appropriate minimum term of appointment is crucial in promoting the independence of the membership of the NHRI, and to ensure the continuity of its programs and services. As a proven practice, the SCA encourages that a term of between three (3) and seven (7) years with the option to renew once be provided for in the NHRI’s enabling law. 

The SCA recommends that the INCHR continue to advocate for amendments to its enabling law to provide for term limits for the Chairperson and Commissioners. 

The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.3 and to its General Observation 2.2 on ‘Full-time members of an NHRI.’”