“The CHRP informed the SCA of the gender balance among its staff, and of the presence of more than six per cent of persons with disabilities in its staff composition in line with the relevant national legislation. The CHRP notes that it is prohibited by law to process sensitive personal data such as ethnic background.
The CHRP administrative regulations do not require a pluralistic composition of the CHRP staff, including representation of ethnic or minority groups and women.
The SCA emphasizes that a diverse decision-making and staff body facilitates an NHRI’s appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates and promotes the accessibility of the NHRI for all citizens.
The SCA recommends that the CHRP takes further steps to ensure pluralism in its staff composition.
The SCA further notes that ensuring pluralism through staff that are representative of the diverse segments of society is particularly relevant for single member NHRIs, such as Ombuds institutions.
The SCA refers to Paris Principles B.1 and to its General Observation 1.7 on ‘Ensuring pluralism of the NHRI’.”