“The PDJ reported that it engages and cooperates with civil society organisations including on handling their complaints, engaging in hearings with civil society, and that it has formalized cooperation through its NPM advisory body and a protocol for cooperation on children’s rights.

The SCA highlights that regular and constructive engagement with all relevant stakeholders is essential for NHRIs to fulfil their mandates effectively.

 The SCA encourages the PDJ to further develop, formalize and maintain working relationships, as appropriate, with other domestic institutions established for the promotion and protection of human rights, including civil society organizations. The SCA refers to Paris Principles C (f) and (g) and to its General Observation 1.5 on ‘Cooperation with other human rights bodies’.”