“The OPA’s enabling law is silent with regards to pluralism and diversity of its staff. The SCA notes information provided by the OPA of its commitment to uphold the 2008 law on public service and status of civil servants prohibiting discrimination and that, in practice, the OPA recruitment process aims to ensure inclusion of a wide range of societal groups.
The SCA considers the pluralistic composition of the NHRI to be fundamentally linked to the requirement of independence, credibility, effectiveness, and accessibility. The SCA emphasizes that pluralism refers to broader representation of national society and consideration must be given to ensuring pluralism in the context of ethnicity, minority status, and persons with disability. This facilitates its appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates. The SCA further notes that ensuring pluralism through staff that are representative of the diverse segments of society is particularly relevant for single member NHRIs, such as Ombuds institutions.
The SCA recommends the OPA to advocate for the formalization of processes that ensure that the principles of pluralism and diversity are reflected in its staff. The SCA further recommends that OPA takes steps to ensure these principles are implemented.
The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.1 and to its General Observation 1.7 on ‘Ensuring pluralism of the NHRI’.”