“In 2012, the SCA noted that the Act does not require a pluralistic composition of the CHRP, including representation of ethnic or minority groups, women, and persons with disabilities.
The SCA notes that the CHRP has provided information about the gender balance and presence of persons with disabilities amongst its staff. The SCA also acknowledges that the CHRP states that it is prohibited by law from inquiring about citizens’ ethnic, religious or other background, but reports that its staff is inclusive of members of these groups.
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 encourages the CHRP to advocate for amendments to its enabling legislation to require a pluralistic composition in its membership and staff.”