“The law requires the need for the PDH to obtain prior authorization from a judge to access premises where human rights violations are alleged to have occurred or to be occurring. The PDH notes that, in practice, it conducts unannounced visits to places of detention without prior authorization from a judge. 

While the SCA notes that the PDH carries out unannounced visits in practice, it reiterates the previous recommendations made in 2018 to advocate for the explicit mandate to conduct unannounced visits to all places of detention. 

In the interim, the SCA encourages the PDH to continue to access all places of deprivation of liberty to effectively monitor investigate and report on the human rights situation in a timely manner. It further encourages the PDH to undertake systematic follow-up activities and advocate for the consideration and implementation of its findings and recommendations in order to ensure the protection of those detained. 

The SCA refers to Paris Principles A.3 and D(d) and to its General Observation 1.6 on ‘Recommendations by NHRIs.”