“The SCA received detailed information on the financial situation in which the NHRCN is operating, with the initial allocation of budget for the 2022/2023 Fiscal Year reported as USD 1,939,115. The amounts for the 2021/2022 (USD 1,903,095) and 2020/2021 (USD 1,932,361) fiscal years were reported to be in a similar range. The SCA is of the view that the current level of funding is not sufficient for the effective discharge of the NHRCN’s mandate, including to ensure the functioning of its 10 field offices. The SCA notes that the NHRCN requires additional funding to ensure that the NHRCN effectively discharges its mandate according to the Paris Principles, including to guarantee access to the NHRI among the population in regional areas of Nepal.
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. It must also have the power to allocate funding according to its priorities.
The SCA encourages the NHRCN to continue to advocate for an appropriate level of funding to carry out its mandate including the work at the grassroots level with its 10 field offices.
The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.2 and to its General Observation 1.10 on ‘Adequate funding of NHRIs’.”