“The Constitution and the founding law mandate the CHRP with some responsibility to promote human rights. However, this mandate does not cover the full range of functions that a NHRI should undertake in exercising its promotional mandate.
All NHRIs should be legislatively mandated with specific functions to both promote and protect human rights. The SCA understands ‘promotion’ to include those functions which seek to create a society where human rights are more broadly understood and respected. Such functions may include education, training, advising, public outreach and advocacy.
The SCA acknowledges that the CHRP has provided some examples of activities it has undertaken that would be considered promotional in nature. However, it encourages the CHRP to continue interpreting its mandate in a broad manner and to advocate for amendments to its enabling legislation to give it a more comprehensive mandate to promote human rights.”