“The NIHR reported that the budget of the Institute is at the minimum necessary to carry out its mandate and that, accordingly, it is required to prioritize a limited number of issues.

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 NHRI’s operations and the fulfilment of its mandate, including the allocation of a sufficient amount of resources for mandated activities.

The SCA encourages the NIHR to continue to advocate for adequate funding necessary to allow it to address a broader range of priorities, including, for example, the rights of migrants and of the LGBTI community.”