“The SCA notes reports that the INCHR has been subject to budget cuts and that its funding does not cover programmatic work. The SCA has received information that the budget cuts have resulted in the reduction of the number of monitors and outstanding bills on utilities especially rent for its premises.
The SCA acknowledges that the INCHR has engaged with both the Executive and the Parliament, and that there are current budget proposals being considered in Parliament which would increase the budgetary allocation to the INCHR.
The SCA emphasizes 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’s operations and the fulfilment of its mandate.
Provision of adequate funding by the State should, at a minimum, include the following:
- The allocation of funds for premises that are accessible to the wider community, 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. Where possible, accessibility should be further enhanced by establishing a permanent regional presence;
- 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 (where appropriate);
- The establishment of a well-functioning communications system including telephone and internet; and e. The allocation of a sufficient amount of resources for mandated activities. The SCA reiterates its previous recommendation encouraging the INCHR to advocate for the funding necessary to ensure that it can effectively carry out its mandate.”