“Pursuant to Article 14(1) of the Proclamation, EHRC members are appointed for a five-year renewable term. The Proclamation is silent on the number of times a member can be re-appointed, which leaves open the possibility of unlimited tenure.

In order to promote institutional independence, the SCA is of the view that it would be preferable for the term of office to be limited to one re-appointment.

The SCA encourages the EHRC to continue to advocate for amendments to its enabling legislation to provide for such limits on the term of office.”