“The SCA acknowledges that the PDDH has formalized cooperation agreements with civil society organizations. Regular and constructive engagement with all relevant stakeholders is essential for NHRIs to effectively fulfil their mandates, and contribute to the accessibility of the institution for all, including those who are geographically, politically, or socially remote.  

NHRIs should develop, formalize, maintain working relationships as appropriate with other domestic institutions, as well as civil society and non-governmental organizations. Broad engagement with all stakeholders improves the effectiveness of an NHRI in implementing its mandate to promote and protect human rights by providing a better understanding of the breadth of human rights issues across the state; the different impact of such issues based on social, cultural, geographic, and other factors; gaps; priorities; and implementation strategies. 

 The SCA therefore recommends that the PDDH continue to enhance and formalize its working relationships and cooperation with civil society organizations and human rights defenders, including those working on the rights of vulnerable groups.”