“In accordance with Section 8(1) of the Act, the Commission submits an annual report to the Minister, who is obliged to table it before the Parliament. The ZHRC informed the SCA that there are proposed amendments to the Act seeking to provide it with the power to directly table reports with Parliament.
The SCA considers it important that the enabling law of an NHRI establish a process whereby its reports are required to be widely circulated, discussed, and considered by the legislature. It is preferable for the NHRI to have an explicit power to table reports directly in the legislature rather than through the Executive and, in so doing, to promote action on them. The SCA recommends that the
ZHRC continues to advocate for these changes to its enabling law.
The SCA refers to Paris Principle A.3 and to its General Observation 1.11 on ‘Annual reports of NHRIs’.”