“The OHRC currently has a total of 3 females out of 14 members constituting 21.43%. Royal Decree No. (57/2022) is silent with regard to the pluralism and diversity of members. The OHRC informs the SCA that it is currently advocating for an amendment to the Royal Decree to provide for an increased quota of female representation.

The SCA emphasizes that pluralism refers to broader representation of the national society. Consideration must be given to ensuring pluralism in the context not only of gender, but also ethnicity, geographic, and minority status. This includes, for example, ensuring the equitable participation of women in the NHRI.

This facilitates its appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates. In addition, it promotes the accessibility of the NHRI. The SCA encourages the OHRC to continue advocating for amendments to the Royal Decree to ensure pluralism in its membership and staff composition.

 The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.1 and to its General Observation 1.7 on ‘Ensuring pluralism of the NHRI’.”