“Article 9 (6) of the INCHR Act states that the composition of the members shall reflect to the extent possible the pluralistic nature of the Liberian Society. 

The SCA notes information regarding the lack of sufficient plurality within the current membership of the INCHR. In particular, that the appointment of two Commissioners leads to a Board with 6 representatives from the southeast region, 4 representatives from the same ethnic groups and one member from the Northwest region of Liberia. 

The INCHR reported that it has proposed amendments to the INCHR Law to ensure that pluralism based on ethnicity and regional representation is considered and implemented throughout the selection and appointment process of members of the INCHR. 

The SCA is of the view that a diverse decision-making and staff 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 the accessibility of the NHRI for all 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. 

The SCA recommends that the INCHR take steps to ensure pluralism and diversity including appropriate religious, ethnic, regional and gender balance in its composition. 

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