“According to Article 277 of the Constitution, the Defensor is appointed for a five-year renewable term. The Law is silent in the number of times a Defensor can be re-elected, which leaves open the possibility of unlimited tenure. The SCA emphasizes that an appropriate term of appointment is crucial in promoting the independence of the membership of an NHRI.

The SCA is of the view that specifying an appropriate minimum term in the NHRI enabling law is crucial in both promoting the independence of the membership and of the NHRI. The SCA recommends that the appointment should have the option to renew once.

The SCA recommends that the DPP advocates for amendments to its enabling legislation to provide for the term of office of its members to be limited to one re-appointment.

The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.3 and to its General Observation 2.2 on ‘Full-time members of an NHRI’.”