“Pursuant to Section 11(1) of the Act, the NHRC submits its annual report to the President of the Republic who shall lay the report before the Assembly within one month. The NHRC informs that the annual report is made public. While the National Assembly may address parliamentary questions to the Executive, the process does not provide for a debate on the annual report of the NHRC within the National Assembly.
The SCA considers it important that the enabling laws of an NHRI establishes a process whereby its reports are required to be discussed and considered by the legislature, to ensure that relevant public authorities properly consider its recommendations.
The SCA encourages the NHRC to advocate for the appropriate amendment to its enabling law to ensure that the National Assembly discusses and considers its annual, specials and thematic reports.”