International Standards: The Paris Principles
Examining the Record in Africa
Innovative and Positive Contributions by Commissions
The Role Of The International Community
The constitution mandates that the Human Rights Commission consists of the persons holding the positions of Law Commissioner and Ombudsman. Both are presidential appointments. The other five commissioners, to be drawn from reputable institutions concerned with human rights, are appointed by the president on the recommendation of the law commissioner and the ombudsman after consultation with civil society groups. Section 4(2) of the Human Rights Commissions Act states that "all appropriate organizations shall be invited to "nominate up to two persons who are independent, non-partisan and of high integrity and standing from within or outside the organization for appointment as member of members of the Commission." The tenure of the law commissioner and the ombudsman are determined by the tenure of their respective sponsoring institutions, and the five appointed members hold a three year position. Removal is only permitted on the grounds of incompetence, incapacity, or if a member is unable to impartially exercise her duties. Salary rates for the commissioners are determined by parliament.
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