“The DHCR reports that the request for additional budget submitted to the Legislative Assembly was approved in October 2023 amounting to USD$475.716. Half of this amount was released in April 2024, and the rest of the amount is expected to be released in June 2024.

The SCA notes that adequate funding should ensure the gradual and progressive realization of improvement in the DHCR operation and the fulfillment of its mandate. 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. In particular, adequate funding should, to a reasonable degree, ensure the gradual and progressive realization of the improvement of the Institution’s operations and the fulfilment of its mandate.

Provision of adequate funding by the State should, as a minimum, include the allocation of a sufficient amount of resources for mandated activities. Where the National Institution 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 DHCR to continue to advocate for the necessary financial resources including a timely release of the budget to enable the DHCR to properly fulfil its obligations.

The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.2 and to its General Observations 1.10 on ‘Adequate funding of NHRIs’ and 2.8 on ‘Assessing National Human Rights Institutions as National Preventive and National Monitoring Mechanisms’.”