“However, the IHROBH reports that the current level of funding is insufficient to meet its operational and human resources needs, including recruitment and retention of staff under comparable conditions and benefits as other civil servants performing similar tasks in independent institutions. In addition, the IHROBH reports that its premises are not accessible to persons with disabilities.

The SCA reiterates that, to function effectively, an NHRI must be provided with an appropriate level of funding to guarantee its ability to freely determine its priorities and activities. Provision of adequate funding by the State should, at a minimum, include the following: a) The allocation of funds for premises, which are accessible to the wide community, including for persons, including for persons with disabilities. In certain circumstances, in order to promote independence and accessibility, this may require that offices are not co-located with government agencies; b) Salaries and benefits awarded to staff comparable to those of civil servants performing similar tasks in other independent institutions of the State; and c) 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 recommends that the IHROBH continue to advocate for an appropriate level of funding to effectively carry out the breadth of its mandate including its anti-discrimination mandate and newly established NPM mandate.

In addition, the SCA recommends the IHROBH advocate for sufficient funding to ensure an accessible office space, and to enable the recruitment and retention of staff with salaries and benefits comparable to civil servants discharging similar functions.

The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.2 and to its General Observation 1.10 on ‘Adequate funding of NHRIs’.”