“Article 2 of the Law vests the CNDH with financial autonomy. While the CNDH budget for 2023 has seen an increase, the CNDH reported that the disbursement procedures of the institution’s budget suffer delays. The SCA notes a recommendation from the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (E/C.12/TCD/CO/4) of October 2023 calling for the State to provide the NHRI with adequate financial and human resources to enable it to perform its duties while maintaining its independence from the executive and legislative branches and to protect it from interference by any State body.

The CNDH reported that the new board of commissioners will work closely with the Ministry of Finance for the disbursement plan to be fully implemented which will allow an effective implementation of the CNDH activities.

The SCA emphasizes that Government funding should be regularly released and in a manner that does not impact adversely on its functions, day-to-day management, and retention of staff. The SCA encourages the CNDH to advocate for regular and timely release of its funding to ensure effective implementation of its mandate and for the level of 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’.”