“The SCA notes that the EHRC enabling legislation does not adequately and explicitly address the requirements of pluralism and diversity of its Commissioners. The EHRC informed the SCA that its Commissioners are appointed in accordance with the principles of Ministerial responsibility, Selflessness, Integrity, Merit, Openness, Diversity, Assurance and Fairness, in accordance with the UK system for appointments to public boards.
The SCA notes that the EHRC reported that its current Board of Commissioners are representative of the society and that the EHRC has advocated for amendments to the enabling law requiring explicit provisions on pluralism as a requirement for selection and appointment. Pluralism and diversity in the membership and staff of an NHRI facilitates its appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates. Pluralism refers to broader representation of national society. Consideration must be given to ensuring pluralism in the context of gender, ethnicity, or minority status.
The SCA recommends that the EHRC continue to take steps, including advocating for amendments to its enabling law, to ensure pluralism in its membership.”