“The NHRC enabling law is not explicit on the mandate to encourage ratification of or accession to international human rights instruments. The NHRC reports that it carries out this function in practice and it had successfully advocated for the ratification of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. 

The SCA is of the view that encouraging ratification of or accession to international human rights instruments, and the effective implementation of international human rights instruments to which the state is a 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 that the NHRC advocate for amendments to its enabling law to explicitly provide for the mandate to encourage ratification of or accession to international human rights instruments. 

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