“In 2023, the DPB received an 11% increase of its budget, adding to USD $693.000. A total of USD$181.000 was assigned to the creation of 10 permanent positions in regional border offices; and USD$513.000 was used to incorporate 40 of its consultants as permanent staff. It is further noted that 80% of its current budget is allocated to remuneration while 20% are available for other services and activities.

The SCA reiterates that, to function effectively, an NHRI must be provided with an appropriate level of funding in order to guarantee its ability to freely determine its priorities and activities. In particular, adequate funding should, to a reasonable degree, ensure the gradual and progressive realization of improvement in the NHRI operations and the fulfilment of its mandate. Provision of adequate funding by the State should, at a minimum, include the following: a) The allocation of a sufficient amount of resources for mandated activities. Where the NHRI has been designated with additional responsibilities by the State, additional financial resources should be provided to enable it to assume the responsibilities of discharging these functions.

 The SCA encourages the DPB to continue to advocate for an adequate level of funding to effectively carry out its mandate. The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.2 and to its General Observation 1.10 on ‘Adequate funding’.”