“The SCA notes that the enabling law of the NCHR has been amended and published in the Official Gazette entrusting it with the mandate of NPM under OPCAT.

The SCA notes that the NCHR is in the process of defining the structure and the implementation of its activities under the NPM mandate. The SCA encourages the NCHR to discharge this mandate in an independent, effective and functional manner and to ensure that it is effectively undertaking all relevant roles and functions provided under OPCAT.

The SCA emphasizes that, where an NHRI has been designated with additional responsibilities by the State, additional financial resources should be provided to enable it to effectively discharge these functions. The SCA encourages the NCHR to advocate for additional resources to enable it to effectively carry out its mandate as the NPM.”