Johannesburg -

The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has been re-accredited with an “A” status by an international rights body.

“Factors taken into consideration for this recommendation include, among others, the transparent and consultative way in which members of the SAHRC are appointed,” the commission said on Wednesday.

The role it played in encouraging the government to ratify and accede to international human rights instruments was also taken into consideration.

Spokesman Isaac Mangena said the decision was made by the sub-committee on accreditation (SCA) of the international co-ordinating committee (ICC) of national human rights institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights.

The SAHRC was given the highest status achievable. The decision would be forwarded to the ICC bureau for final approval, said Mangena.

“The SCA has also recommended that the SAHRC continues to advocate for changes in some national laws to enable it to effectively fulfil its mandate.” - Sapa