“The NIHRC reported that their staff has a diverse representation in terms of gender balance, ethnicity and religious belief. It also reported that four Commissioners whose terms have ended have been recently reappointed by the Secretary of State as per the Northern Ireland Act of 1998. The NIHRC recognised the need to further strengthen the pluralism and diversity amongst the Commissioners. 

The SCA is of the view that the NIHRC could achieve wider pluralistic representation of its membership and 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 minority representation, in its composition and staffing. 

The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.1 and to its General Observation 1.7 on ‘Ensuring pluralism of the NHRI’.”