“The SCA emphasizes that monitoring and engaging with regional and international human rights systems, in particular the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms (Special Procedures and Universal Periodic Review) and the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies, can be an effective tool for NHRIs in the promotion and protection of human rights domestically. The SCA highlights that effective cooperation with regional and international human rights systems may include:

  • submitting alternative reports to the Universal Periodic Review and Treaty Bodies;
  • making statements during debates before review bodies and the Human Rights Council;
  • supporting, facilitating and contributing to country visits by United Nations experts, including special procedures mandate holders, treaty bodies, fact finding missions and commissions of inquiry; and
  • monitoring and promoting the implementation of recommendations originating from regional and international human rights systems.”