“Section 68(3) of the Act requires that “[i]n making appointments under this section, the Secretary of State shall as far as practicable secure that the Commissioners, as a group, are representative of the community in Northern Ireland”. The NIHRC reports that its current member and staff composition reflects improvement in its diversity, particularly regarding minorities and ethnic groups.
The SCA notes that the NIHRC reports that it is taking steps toward improving gender balance. The SCA reiterates that pluralism and diversity in the membership and staff of an NHRI facilitates its appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates. In addition, it promotes the accessibility of the NHRI. The SCA recommends that the NIHRC continue advocating for pluralism, including gender balance and minority representation, in its composition and staffing.”