“The SCA acknowledges that the JNCHR has effectively undertaken activities within its existing budget. The SCA notes that the JNCHR has no regional offices due to its limited financial resources, but has trained a number of volunteer lawyers across the country to serve as liaison officers in the different governorates to contribute to the implementation of the JNCHR’s mandate.
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 fulfillment of its mandate. Provision of adequate funding by the State should, at a minimum, include the following:
a) 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;
b) Salaries and benefits awarded to staff comparable to those of civil servants performing similar tasks in other independent institutions of the State;
c) Remuneration of members of the decision-making body (where appropriate);
d) 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 encourages the JNCHR to continue to advocate for an increase of its budget allocation and an appropriate level of funding to carry out its mandate, recruit additional staff members and establish regional offices.”