“The SCA notes the low number of complaints and allegations of human rights violations lodged within the CNDH. The CNDH highlights that as a fairly newly established institution, its members and staff still need to be empowered with sufficient capacity to monitor, promote, and protect the rights of everyone including when discrimination or gender violence are concerned.

The SCA encourages the CNDH to strengthen its efforts to raise public awareness on its mandate to protect human rights and address all human rights violations, in particular to increase the number of complaints, including in the context of transitional justice and elections. The SCA emphasizes that protection functions may be understood as those that address and seek to prevent actual and future human rights violations. Such functions include monitoring, inquiring, investigating, and reporting on human rights violations, and may include individual complaint handling.

The SCA therefore urges the CNDH to strengthen its efforts to address all human rights violations. The SCA refers to Paris Principles A.1, A.2, A.3, and D(d) and its General Observation 1.6 on ‘Recommendations by NHRIs’, 1.2 on ‘Human rights mandate’.’”