European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


DANISH INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
DENMARK

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Background
Mandate
Internal organisation
Activities
Complaints Committee on Ethnic Equal Treatment:
CONTACT

Background  

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) was established on 1 January 2003, by Act No. 411 of 6 June 2002 on the Establishment of a Centre for International Studies and Human Rights. Prior to that date, the DHIR was called the Danish Centre for Human Rights, established by a parliamentary decision of 5 May 1987.

Mandate 

The DIHR is an independent national human rights institution in accordance with the UN Paris Principles, with a mandate to promote and protect human rights in Denmark. Furthermore, the DIHR is a specialised equality body and is entrusted with the specific task of safeguarding effective protection against discrimination and the promotion of equal treatment.

In accordance with Act No. 374 of May 2003 on Equal Treatment Irrespective of Ethnic Origin, the DIHR is mandated to provide independent assistance to victims of discrimination on the grounds of race and ethnic origin, to conduct independent surveys concerning discrimination and to make recommendations on issues relating to equal treatment on the above-mentioned grounds.

Internal organisation 

The DHIR is comprised of a National Department, a Research Department, an International Department and an Information Department. Activities in Denmark are planned and carried out primarily by three teams in the National Department: namely the Anti-discrimination Team, the Diversity Team and the Rights and Democracy Team.

Activities 

  • Monitoring: the DIHR monitors Denmark’s implementation of equal treatment and non-discrimination principles and compiles different types of reports, such as the annual Status Report on Human Rights in Denmark, supplementary reports to the UN treaty bodies and reports submitted to different EU agencies, the Council of Europe and the OSCE.
  • Information and education: the DIHR provides education and training activities in human rights and equal treatment targeting civil society, NGOs and public authorities. Furthermore, the DIHR provides information through an interactive website: www.menneskeret.dk
  • Investigation and decision making: on an annual basis the DIHR conducts several studies, research and development projects on different issues in the field of discrimination and equal treatment. Furthermore, the DIHR gives advice to the Government and Parliament on new or pending legislation and policies.

Complaints Committee on Ethnic Equal Treatment: 

The Complaints Committee for Ethnic Equal Treatment is responsible for addressing complaints about discrimination concerning violations of the prohibition of direct and indirect differential treatment, harassment and instructions to differential treatment on the grounds of race and ethnic origin. The Complaints Committee can only express non-binding opinions on issues related to the labour market, social protection, including social security and healthcare; social advantages; education; access to and supply of good and services which are available to the public, including housing; and membership of and involvement in an organisation or association, including the benefits provided for by such organisations or associations. The Complaints Committee can recommend that legal aid should be granted in cases where the Committee deems that there has been a violation of the prohibition of differential treatment on the grounds of race and ethnic origin.

CONTACT 

The Danish Institute for Human Rights
Institut for Menneskerettigheder
Strandgade 56,
DK-1403 COPENHAGEN K
Tel: +45 32 69 88 88
Fax: +45 32 69 88 00
E-mail: center@humanrights.dk
Website: www.humanrights.dk