“The PDH informs that it cooperates with civil society organizations including by acting as mediator between civil society and government on issues concerning growing public protests. 

The SCA is of the view that regular and constructive engagement with all relevant stakeholders is essential for NHRIs to effectively fulfil their mandate. NHRIs should develop, formalize and maintain working relationships with human rights defenders, as well as a wide range of civil society organizations. 

The SCA encourages the PDH to continue and strengthen its cooperation with civil society organizations and human rights defenders. The SCA refers to Paris Principles C(f) and (g) and to its General Observation 1.5 on ‘Cooperation with other human rights bodies’.”