“The DHCR reports that its budget decreased in 2022 and that it would require additional funding in order to carry out its functions.
To function effectively, a 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 following:
a) the allocation of funds for premises which 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 other government agencies.
Where possible, accessibility should be further enhanced by establishing a permanent regional presence;
b) salaries and benefits awarded to its staff comparable to those of civil servants performing similar tasks in other independent Institutions of the State;
c) remuneration of members of its decision-making body (where appropriate);
d) the establishment of well-functioning communications systems, including telephone and internet;
e) 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 recommends that the DHCR advocates for the necessary financial resources to enable it to properly fulfil its obligations, including carrying out its NPM and NMM mandates.
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’.”