“The SCA notes that PCRS is satisfied with the level of its funding. The SCA notes that the PCRS reports that it expects to be mandated with additional responsibilities, including as National Rapporteur on human trafficking and in monitoring the implementation of CRPD.
The SCA 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 fulfilment of its mandate. Where an NHRI has been designated with additional responsibilities by the State, additional financial resources should be provided to enable it to assume the responsibilities of discharging these functions.
The SCA encourages the PCRS to continue to advocate for an adequate level of funding to allow it to effectively carry out the full breath of its mandate, including any new responsibilities. In this regard, the SCA notes that the PCRS reports that amendments to its act have been proposed to provide that its funding cannot be decreased unless such a decrease will be applied to all similarly-situated institutions. The SCA encourages the PCRS to continue to advocate for passage of this amendment.”