“In accordance with article 2.1 of the Law, the Defensor is appointed for a 5-year term and immediately ceases in their functions upon expiration of this term. The enabling law does not limit the number of times that the Defensor can be re-elected.

The DPS reports that the law does not prohibit the outgoing Defensor from reapplying, but that generally, the Defensor is not re-elected. The SCA recommends the DPS to advocate for amendments in its law to explicitly provide for a limitation to the possibility of re-election of the Defensor to one additional term.

The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.3 and to its General Observation 2.2 on ‘Full-time members of an NHRI’.”