“The enabling law of the PDJ is not explicit with regard to the requirement for pluralism and diversity of its staff. The SCA notes information provided by the PDJ the that, in practice, 71% of employees are female and that they have staff from diverse ethnic backgrounds and age groups.

The SCA considers the pluralistic composition of the NHRI to be fundamentally linked to the requirement of independence, credibility, effectiveness, and accessibility.

The SCA emphasizes that pluralism refers to broader representation of national society and consideration must be given to ensuring pluralism in the context of gender, ethnicity, minority status, and persons with disability.

 The SCA further notes that ensuring pluralism through staff that are representative of the diverse segments of society is particularly relevant for single member NHRIs, such as Ombuds institutions.

The SCA recommends the PDJ advance the formalisation of processes that ensure reflection of the principles of pluralism and diversity in its staff composition. The SCA further recommends that PDJ takes steps to ensure the implementation of these principles.

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