„Section 31 of the National Human Rights Commission Act (the Act) states that the NHRC shall have control over its funds.
The SCA notes that the NHRC budget is submitted to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs for inclusion in the draft State budget for the Parliament’s approval and also that budget is released to the NHRI on a quarterly, not annual, basis.
While, the SCA acknowledges that the State has provided the NHRC core budget, as well as support for the implementation of other NHRC projects, it emphasizes that, to function effectively, an NHRI must be provided with an appropriate level of funding in order to guarantee its ability to freely determine its priorities and activities. In particular, adequate funding should, to a reasonable degree, ensure the gradual and progressive realization of improvement in the NHRI’s operations and the fulfillment of its mandate.
The SCA encourages the NHRC to continue to advocate for an adequate level of funding to allow it to effectively carry out the full breadth of its mandate.“