“The SCA notes that the NHRC has limited engagement with international human rights systems in particular the United Nations human rights treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council.
However, the SCA further notes that the NHRC has submitted its report for the fourth cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nigeria and that it is encouraging the government to ensure broad national consultation in drafting of the UPR national report.
The SCA emphasizes that monitoring and engaging with the international human rights system, in particular the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms (Special Procedures and UPR) and the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies, can be an effective tool for NHRIs in the promotion and protection of human rights domestically.
Depending on existing domestic priorities and resources, effective engagement with the international human rights system may include:
– submitting parallel or shadow reports to the UPR, Special Procedure mechanisms and Treaty Bodies Committees;
– making statements during debates before review bodies and the Human Rights Council;
– assisting, facilitating, and participating in country visits by United Nations experts, including special procedures mandate holders, treaty bodies, fact finding missions and commissions of inquiry; and
– monitoring and promoting the implementation of relevant recommendations originating from the human rights system.
The SCA recommends that the NHRC strengthen its engagement with the international human rights system.
The SCA refers to Paris Principle A.3 (d) and (e) and to its General Observation 1.4 on ‘Interaction with the international human rights system’.”