“In accordance with section 7(1) of the enabling Law, a Commissioner is appointed for a term not exceeding three (3) years, subject to renewal. In November 2016, the SCA expressed concern that this term is too short to promote the independence of members and ensure the continuity of programs and services.

The SCA notes that the term of office provided by the existing legislation is the minimum term that the SCA considers appropriate. It further notes that section 7 (1) of the Amendment Bill stipulates that the Commissioner shall hold office for a five (5) year term, renewable once. The SCA is of the view that these amendments, if passed in their present form, would address the previously stated concerns. The SCA therefore encourages the HRCZ to continue to advocate for the passage of the amendments.”