The SCA notes, that, in practice, the DPNA undertakes promotional activities. However, the DPNA’s enabling Law provides for a limited promotion mandate.
The SCA is of the view that an NHRI should be legislatively mandated with specific functions to both promote and protect human rights. It understands ‘promotion’ to include those functions which seek to create a society where human rights are more broadly understood and respected. Such functions may include education, training, advising, public outreach and advocacy.
The SCA notes that draft amendments to the enabling Law have been laid before Parliament, and encourages the DPNA to continue to advocate for passage of these amendments to make its promotional mandate explicit. Until such time as the amendments are passed, the SCA encourages the DPNA to continue interpreting its mandate broadly.”