“The funding of the NHRC has gradually increased since 2018 including a 33% increase for the financial year 2021-22. 

The NHRC reports that, while its funding situation has improved, it would benefit from additional funding in order to effectively carry out its mandate and build the capacity of its members and staff. 

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 these priorities. In particular, adequate funding should, to a reasonable degree, ensure the gradual and progressive realization of the improvement of the NHRI’s operation and the fulfilment of its mandate. 

The SCA recommends that the NHRC continue to advocate for the funding necessary to effectively carry out the full breadth of its mandate and build the capacity of its members and staff. 

The SCA refers to Paris Principle B.2 and to its General Observation 1.10 on ‘Adequate funding of NHRIs.”