( e ) To cooperate with the United Nations and any other orgnization in the United Nations system, the
regional institutions and the national institutions of other countries that are competent in the areas of
the protection and promotion of human rights;
( f ) To assist in the formulation of programmes for the teaching of, and research into, human rights
and to take part in their execution in schools, universities and professional circles;
( g ) To publicize human rights and efforts to combat all forms of discrimination, in particular racial
discrimination, by increasing public awareness, especially through information and education and by
making use of all press organs.
Composition and guarantees of independence and pluralism
1. The composition of the national institution and the appointment of its members, whether by means
of an election or otherwise, shall be established in accordance with a procedure which affords all
necessary guarantees to ensure the pluralist representation of the social forces (of civilian society)
involved in the protection and promotion of human rights, particularly by powers which will enable
effective cooperation to be established with, or through the presence of, representatives of:
( a ) Non-governmental organizations responsible for human rights and efforts to combat racial
discrimination, trade unions, concerned social and professional organizations, for example,
associations of lawyers, doctors, journalists and eminent scientists;
( b ) Trends in philosophical or religious thought;
( c ) Universities and qualified experts;
( d ) Parliament;
( e ) Government departments (if these are included, their representatives should participate in the
deliberations only in an advisory capacity).
2. The national institution shall have an infrastructure which is suited to the smooth conduct of its
activities, in particular adequate funding. The purpose of this funding should be to enable it to have its
own staff and premises, in order to be independent of the Government and not be subject to financial
control which might affect its independence.
3. In order to ensure a stable mandate for the members of the national institution, without which there
can be no real independence, their appointment shall be effected by an official act which shall establish
the specific duration of the mandate. This mandate may be renewable, provided that the pluralism of
the institution's membership is ensured.

Methods of operation
Within the framework of its operation, the national institution shall:
( a ) Freely consider any questions falling within its competence, whether they are submitted by the
Government or taken up by it without referral to a higher authority, on the proposal of its members or
of any petitioner,

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