“The SCA notes the increase of FNHRI funding in the recent years. However, the SCA recommends that adequate funding be made available to the FNHRI to perform its functions as NPM under the OPCAT and the NMM under CRPD, as well as for the HRC to work on business and human rights.

The SCA emphasizes that in order 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 the improvement of the NHRI’s operations and the fulfilment of its full mandate. Where an NHRI has been mandated 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 FNHRI to continue to advocate for the funding necessary to ensure that it can effectively carry out its mandate.”