“The SCA notes that although the resources allocated to the CHRC have increased substantially since 2021, they are insufficient for it to fully carry out its mandate. Among other things, the CHRC has not received additional allocation to cover the new payroll, which now includes the remuneration and other benefits of the 15 permanent members versus 2 permanent members in previous years, as well as the additional costs generated by the increase in salaries of CHRC staff members.

 The SCA emphasizes that, to function effectively, an NHRI must be provided with an appropriate level of funding in order to guarantee its independence and 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’s operations and the fulfilment of its mandate. Provision of adequate funding by the State should, at a minimum, include the following: – Salaries and benefits awarded to staff comparable to those of civil servants performing similar tasks in other independent institutions of the State; – Remuneration of members of the decision-making body; – 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 CHRC to continue to advocate for the funding necessary to ensure that it can effectively carry out its mandate, including its NPM function.

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