“The DPS reported that it carries out activities encouraging ratification of human rights instruments in practice. However, the SCA notes that its enabling law does not explicitly vest the DPS with this function.

The SCA notes that encouraging ratification of, or accession to international human rights instruments, and the effective implementation of international human rights instruments to which the state is a party, is a key function of an NHRI.

The SCA encourages it to continue interpreting its mandate in a broad manner and recommends that the DPS advocate for appropriate amendments to its enabling law to explicitly include the mandate to encourage the ratification of and accession to international human rights instruments.

The SCA refers to Paris Principles A.3(b) and (c) and to its General Observation 1.3 on ‘Encouraging ratification or accession to international human rights instruments’”