“The Law is silent with regard to the DHCR explicit mandate to encourage the ratification of, or accession to international human rights instruments to which the State is a party. The DHCR reported that, in practice, it carries out activity relating to encouraging ratification including an advocacy to the Legislative Assembly to ratify the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW). The SCA welcomes the activities carried out in practice by the DHCR; however, the SCA is of the view that encouraging the ratification of, or accession to international human rights instruments, and the effective implementation of international human rights instruments to which a State is party, is a key function of an NHRI.

The SCA considers it important that these duties form an integral part of the enabling legislation of an NHRI. The SCA recommends the DHCR to advocate for amendments in its enabling law to explicitly include the mandate to encourage the ratification of, or accession to international human rights instruments.

 The SCA refers to Paris Principles A.3(b) and (c) and to its General Observation 1.3 on ┬┤Encouraging ratification or accession to international human rights instruments┬┤.”