“The ORB reports that it has made various recommendations on the issue of domestic violence, including in relation to the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. It further reports that there has been an inadequate response to these recommendations by relevant State authorities.

In fulfilling its protection mandate, an NHRI must not only monitor, investigate and report on the human rights situation in the country, it should also undertake rigorous and systematic follow-up activities to promote and advocate for the implementation of its recommendations and findings, and the protection of those whose rights were found to be violated.

Public authorities are encouraged to respond to recommendations from NHRIs in a timely manner, and to provide detailed information on practical and systematic follow up action, as appropriate, to the NHRI’s recommendations.

The SCA encourages the ORB to continue to conduct follow up activities to monitor the extent to which their recommendations have been implemented.”