“Article 10 of the CNDH enabling law states that the institution is made up of eleven members. The CNDH is currently composed of 9 members from civil society and 4 women. One out the 3 members of the Bureau is a woman while 2 out of the 4 sub-commissions (Sub-Commission for the Prevention of Torture and Other Forms of Inhuman and Degrading Treatment / SubCommission for the Promotion of Equality and the Rights of Women, Children, People with Disabilities and Other Specific Groups) are headed by women.

Regarding pluralism and diversity of its staff complement, the CNDH reported that female applications are strongly encouraged in the context of staff recruitment and their competence is recognized in the context of positions of responsibility within the institution. However, the SCA notes that the current membership of the CNDH does not encompass all aspects of pluralism. Consideration must be given to ensuring pluralism in the context of ethnicity, minority status, and persons with disabilities. 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 recommends that the CNDH takes further steps to ensure pluralism in its membership and staff composition including on gender representation.

 The SCA recommends that the CNDH take steps to ensure pluralism and diversity including appropriate religious, ethnic, regional and gender balance in its composition, including the staffing.

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