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INTERACTION PROGRAMME ON THE PARIS PRINCIPLES AND THE NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
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The process for the appointment of National Human Rights Commissioners must be transparent and broadly consultative. These are the fundamental principles and there are many ways to ensure that they are respected. It must be acknowledged that there is no single process or procedure which is the right one for every country. Every country should adopt its own specific procedure that is based on its own political, social and cultural history. Nonetheless there are two elements often found in international best practices on appointments. One element is to undertake a broad consultation among civil society. Experience in Nepal has demonstrated that when names of candidates for public bodies are made public after their appointment, there is often heated criticism, particularly on the issue of representiveness. That criticism can lead to breakdown
in partnerships and cooperation and officials may be labeled as illegitimate even if they try
hard to carry out their mandate. These problems can be avoided through broad public
consultation. In many countries, nominations for Commissioners may even come from civil
society and NGOs may voice their views and concerns over appointments in public meetings.
Holding such consultations and effectively taking them into account may create a sense of
ownership among civil society for the process. This is extremely important in Nepal given
the NGOs’ strong historic link to the establishment of the Commission. The other key
element we can identify in best international practice is appointment by Parliament. This
distances the appointment from the executive branch of Government and may reinforce
linkages between Parliament and civil society. But the appointments process for
Commissioners must not be politicized, which brings me to the second of my three main
points – appointments criteria.
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UNOHCHR ,   (2006 )
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Keywords:
HUMAN RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS,INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, TRUTH COMMISSIONS, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS IN ARMED CONFLICTS, RIGHT TO PEACE, WORKERS' RIGHTS
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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