“The DPS reports that it has not been allocated with sufficient funding to create new programs or strengthen existing ones and that, while it has received some increases in its budgetary allocation, these have not been sufficient to address the limitations faced by the institution.
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. In particular, adequate funding should, to a reasonable degree, ensure the gradual and progressive realisation of the improvement of the Institution’s operations and the fulfilment of its mandate.
The SCA emphasizes that, where an NHRI has been mandated with additional responsibilities, it must be provided with the adequate funding to effectively fulfil these duties.
The SCA encourages the DPS to continue to advocate for the provision of adequate funding.”