“The SCA notes that Article 9(1)(n) of the enabling law provides for the HREIT to cooperate with public institutions and agencies, NGOs, professional organizations and universities working on human rights.
The SCA acknowledges that the HREIT provided information regarding its engagement with civil society organizations in practice. It recommends that the HREIT continues to enhance and formalize its working relationships and cooperation with civil society organizations and human rights defenders, including those working on the rights of vulnerable groups and minorities in a timely and responsive manner.
The SCA emphasizes that regular and constructive engagement with all relevant stakeholders is essential for NHRIs to effectively fulfil their mandates, and contribute to the accessibility of the institution for all, including those who are geographically, politically, or socially remote. NHRIs should develop, formalize, and maintain working relationships as appropriate with other domestic institutions, as well as civil society and non-governmental organizations.
Broad engagement with all stakeholders improves the effectiveness of an NHRI in implementing its mandate to promote and protect human rights by providing a better understanding of the breadth of human rights issues across the state; the different impact of such issues based on social, cultural, geographic, and other factors; gaps; priorities; and implementation strategies.”